People in Calderdale are being invited to share their opinions in order to help develop designs for the new Family Hubs program.
Calderdale Council is establishing a fresh network of Family Hubs, which will offer assistance to families in Calderdale with children aged 0-19 years (or up to 25 years for young individuals with special educational needs or disabilities).
To ensure that the Family Hubs cater to the requirements of local communities, Calderdale Council recently organised two workshop events involving families and an additional online session for professionals. These gatherings aimed to shape the branding and design that will be implemented for the hubs program.
The feedback obtained from these sessions has been utilised to generate two design ideas, and individuals are now being asked to select their preferred option—the one that, in their opinion, best represents Calderdale families.
The designs can be viewed at https://forms.office.com/e/4Uz4eBkhB8, where people can also express their opinions. Additionally, they will be exhibited at various locations across the borough, such as youth centres, libraries, and children’s centres.
Preferences can be submitted until Friday, 28th July 2023. Following this date, the responses will be compiled, and the design that garners the most popularity will be further developed to become the official design for Calderdale’s Family Hubs.
The Hubs aim to enhance the connections between families and the individuals who provide them with support. The initial Family Hub network will serve central Halifax, with the hub located at Jubilee Centre. In the next two years, additional Family Hub networks will be established to cover the entire borough. Families will be able to access services at any of the hub locations.
Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, stated, “Our Family Hubs will provide improved, joined up services for our families and transform the way that people access help and support for children and young people.
“We want local people to be involved in the creation of the hubs at each stage of their development and recent workshop events gave us valuable insight into what is important to local families.
“We’ve used this feedback to develop brand designs for the hubs and we’re now asking people to share their thoughts to help us shape the look and feel of the hubs.”
Cllr Adam Wilkinson, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services added, “The Family Hubs programme will make it easier for families to navigate the support available from different organisations at each stage of a child’s development.
“We’re asking for people’s thoughts on the branding for the hubs. We want to hear from parents, carers and professionals, but we’d also like young people to get involved and have their say, to ensure the brand and design for the Family Hubs programme reflects all our communities.”
The Family Hubs program has received funding from the Department for Education’s Family Hubs and Start for Life Programme.