Immingham Family Hub reopened last week after benefitting from Government funding, and is set to deliver a range of support and activities for local families.
The Hub, based on Margaret Street in Immingham, has been given a makeover and is staffed from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, delivering parent and toddler activities, along with support for new parents.
Health visitors will use the site as a base for appointments, and new parents will have an opportunity to meet with other mums and dads.
Speaking at a family fun day held at the Hub last weekend, Councillor Margaret Cracknell, portfolio holder for children and education at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
“The opening of the Immingham Family Hub has been a long awaited event, The facility will be a wonderful resource for the residents of Immingham and the surrounding areas.
“Becoming a family with the birth of a child is one of the happiest times of ones life. Every parent or carer wants the best possible for their child. Sometimes however, the responsibilities it brings seem huge, and the challenges can feel overwhelming for new and existing parents.
“We’ve all heard of the importance of the first 1001 days of the child’s life. And how the impact of those experiences will feature in future life. This is why it’s so important to have the reassurance that we are not alone, that there is someone to share and support when needed. It is natural to need this support and to have a network of friends and professionals to help at any time.
“This family hub will be the heart of the community and be responsive to family need. It will offer a positive service of peer support, health and wellbeing advice and child development to enable carers to have the best experience of raising a child.”
The site hosted a family fun day on Saturday, with face-painting, a tombola and chocolate board, and various stands. Children’s TV character, Bluey, cut the ribbon to the refurbished Hub in front of a crowd of parents and children.
The Hub is the first of seven sites to relaunch, offering an increased level of support to new and expectant parents.