Family Hubs and Start for Life consultation

Background and context:
In April 2022 the government announced that 75 local authorities would be taking part in the Start for Life and Family Hub programme. The programme is supported by a £300 million government investment up to 2025. In February 2023 the government formally announced that Barnsley was one of the local authorities to be awarded a grant.

Family Hubs services offer information, help and support to families from conception up until age 19 (or 25 for young people with SEND). They bring together staff working across a range of different services, including the council, health services and voluntary and community organisations. Family Hubs services will act as a ‘one stop shop’ to offer guidance and advice on a range of circumstances. 

As well as accessing Family Hubs buildings, families will be able to access a wide range of services and activities in other community locations and online.


As part of the development of our Family Hubs in Barnsley, we’re asking for your views on how we propose to deliver Family Hubs services in our communities. The proposed model will provide more services and support for families from conception up until age 19 years (up to 25 years for young people with special educational needs and disabilities – SEND) across Barnsley. Families will be able to access support face-to-face in a Family Hub, in the community or by going online.

Read our proposals for family hubs here: Family Hubs Start for Life Consultation.

Please tell us your views on the proposals by Saturday 23 September 2023 at 5pm.

Share your views at

Other ways to take part:

If you can’t complete the online form, you can also submit your comments by emailing or writing to Barnsley Council, Families Information Service, PO BOX 634, Barnsley, S70 9GG. Please only use one method of reply to avoid duplication.

Drop-in sessions:

If you would like more information about our proposals for Family Hubs services or support to take part in the consultation, come along to one of the following drop-in sessions: 




Tuesday 22 August 

11am to 12.30pm

Grimethorpe Family Centre

Milefield Primary School

Milefield Lane



S72 7BH

Tuesday 22 August

3pm to 4.30pm

Jump Family Centre

Church Street



S74 0HZ

Wednesday 23 August

10am to 11am


Please email to receive a Microsoft Teams invitation

Friday 25 August 

10am to 11.30am

Penistone Family Centre

Church Street



S36 6AR

Monday 4 September

12.15pm to 1.45pm

Thurnscoe Family Centre

Station Road



S63 0JR

Tuesday 5 September 2023

12.30pm to 2pm

Kendray and Worsbrough Family Centre

Overdale Avenue



S70 4BD

Wednesday 6 September 

11.30am to 1pm

Athersley Family Centre

Lindhurst Road



S71 3NB

Wednesday 6 September 

6pm to 7pm


Please email to receive a Microsoft Teams invitation

A - Z Directory