Support for families from Action for Children
Helping local families in Mid & East Antrim and Antrim & Newtownabbey, Action for Children’s Family Support Hubs could help you during this challenging time.
Action for Children run four Family Support Hubs across Larne/Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey, Magherafelt/Cookstown, Coleraine/Moyle & Ballymena/Antrim and surrounding areas. They act as an early intervention sign-posting service to support families who may be experiencing difficulties, find all the services that they may find useful, including those who could offer practical and emotional support.
Claire Larkin, Service Coordinator for Family Support Hubs said: “A lot of our referrals come from GPs, and due to the Coronovirus outbreak, parents are telling us that access to GP surgeries is limited. Therefore, we want to ensure families are aware of what support is available and how to access this support. The great news is that you don’t need to wait for a GP appointment to be referred to us – we take self-referrals. So, you can email or call us directly to access one-to-one support and advice.”
The sign-posting service is your go-to for help, advice and active support in your area if you’re finding things difficult right now. Whether you need financial help, mental health guidance, counselling services, support through abuse or you’re just looking for youth activities in your area, Action for Children’s Family Support Hubs can help.
Each Family Support Hub is made up of a group of organisations including community, voluntary and statutory representatives who deliver services to children and young people aged 0-17, along with their families. The staff work with you through one-to-one unique consultations, which can be safely completed over the phone, to help link you to the most appropriate service to meet your individual needs.
Fiona Stanton, Family Support Practitioner for Carrickfergus/Larne, said: “Our goal is to make sure every family that needs help can access that help quickly and easily, so that they can turn things around. We work in partnership with families, listen to your needs and help you and your family access the support services best suited to your circumstances.”
With over 1395 families utilising the services in the last year, they are always be able to offer guidance and support, as well as a listening ear,
If you would like more information on the support services available in your area, contact the Northern Family Support Hubs on 028 9446 7345 or email [email protected]