Family centres

Family centres deliver joined-up early help services for children from pre-birth up to 19 years (or 25 years if the young person has a disability). They bring together practitioners from a range of universal, targeted and specialist services in each local area, including schools, police, social care, private and voluntary sector and some adult services.

The services they offer vary in each area of the borough. It depends on the needs of families and the wider community, and include:

  • preparing children for school and helping them to thrive in school
  • helping parents and carers to develop their parenting skills
  • helping parents and carers to develop personal skills, access training and education, and enhance their ability to get employment
  • helping parents and carers to keep children safe
  • helping children to achieve their full potential and reduce inequalities in their health and development
  • supporting the development of healthy lifestyles for children
  • helping families to become more resilient

Services for adults play an essential role in our early help approach as these can impact on adults' parenting capacity and family life. Some adults have additional needs, which can impact negatively on family life if not supported.

Services that Mostly work with either children and young people or adults need to adopt a ‘think family’ approach, coordinating the support they provide, to secure better outcomes for children, young people and families with additional needs.

You can read more about our family centres and early help for families.

Activities we deliver

We deliver a range of activities; virtually through Microsoft Teams and Facebook, and face-to-face at our centres.

Information about what's on offer is available on the Barnsley Virtual Family Hub and through the Families Information Service by emailing or calling 08000 345 340.

Details of our family centres

Dearne area

Centre Telephone Childcare available
Dearne Family Centre
Billingley View, Bolton on Dearne
S63 8ES

Find out about Dearne Family Centre's disabled access

01709 890303 Yes
Thurnscoe Family Centre
Station Road, Thurnscoe
S63 0JR
(01226) 775885 Yes

North/north east area

Centre Telephone Childcare available
Athersley Family Centre
Lindhurst Road, Athersley North 
S71 3NB
(01226) 296969 Yes
Cudworth Family Centre
(outreach and community venue)
c/o Cudworth IKIC centre, Snydale Road, Cudworth, Barnsley S72 8LH
N/A No
Darton Family Centre
(outreach and community venue)
The Darton Centre, Huddersfield Road
S75 5ND
N/A No
Grimethorpe Family Centre
c/o Milefield Primary School, Grimethorpe
S72 7BH

Find out about Grimethorpe Family Centre's disabled access

(01226) 774030 Yes
Lundwood Family Centre
Littleworth Lane, S71 5RG

Find out about Lundwood Family Centre's disabled access

(01226) 248564 No
Royston Family Centre
(outreach and community venue)
c/o Meadstead Primary School;
Meadstead Drive S71 4JS
N/A No

Wilthorpe Family Centre
(outreach and community venue)
Greenfoot Lane, S75 1AQ

N/A No

Central area

Centre Telephone Childcare available
Kendray and Worsbrough Family Centre
Bank End, Overdale Road,
Worsbrough Dale S70 4BD

Find out about Kendray and Worsbrough Family Centre's disabled access

(01226) 294604 Yes
Monk Bretton Family Centre
(outreach and community venue)
c/o Burton Road Primary
S71 2AA
N/A No
Stairfoot Family Centre
(outreach and community venue)
c/o Hunningley Primary, Stairfoot
S70 3DT
N/A No
Worsbrough Common Family Centre
c/o Worsbrough Common Primary, Bruce Avenue
S70 4EB
(01226) 289989 No

South/Penistone area

Centre Telephone Childcare available
Darfield Family Centre
School Street, Darfield
S73 9EU
(01226) 753366 Yes
Jump Family Centre
Church Street, Jump
S74 0HZ
(01226) 748805 No

Hoyland Common Family Centre
(outreach and community venue)
Sheffield Road, S74 0DJ

Find out about Hoyland Common Family Centre's disabled access

N/A No
Penistone Family Centre
(outreach and community venue)
c/o The Resource Centre, Church Street, Penistone
S36 6AR
N/A No
Wombwell Family Centre
c/o Wombwell IKIC centre, Barnsley Road, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 8HT
(01226) 273240 No