PaCC and the newly opened Family Hubs
During the past year PaCC has been facilitating opportunities for parent carers to contribute to the creation of Family Hubs across Brighton & Hove. Parent carers attending PaCC coffee mornings were able to have their say on what the hubs should offer and how.
The Family Hubs are a new service which has been set up in 75 areas across the country.
Family Hubs are a ‘one stop shop’ for families, including our families who have children 0 to 25 with additional needs and/or disabilities. They provide face-to-face support and information on services available in the city.
The Brighton & Hove Family Hubs Transformation Team attended two of our coffee mornings back in September 2022 to gather ideas and suggestions from parent carers on what they would like the Family Hubs to provide for them and their families.
Some of the parent carers suggestions included training around SEND and neurodiversity for hubs’ staff, and how they communicate with parent carers. In October 2023 the Family Hubs ran some workshops for their staff around SEND, including one session on ADHD awareness (which a PaCC representative delivered) and one session about SEND support in schools.
In October 2023 the coffee mornings visited the Moulsecoomb Family Hub and the Hangleton Community Centre Family Hub. Parent carers saw how the two hubs were developing and were able to provide some more suggestions and ideas, for example what each Family Hub reception could offer to their families and how each hub sensory room should look.
There are four main Family Hubs, in Tarner, Moulsecoomb, Hangleton and Whitehawk, and Family Hubs services will be co-delivered by Brighton & Hove City Council, NHS services and Voluntary and Community Organisations. You can find out more about the Family Hubs offer here.