A primary school will open the doors of its 'Family Hub' every other Wednesday to offer support to parents.

The Hub, at Cranham Primary School in Worcester, offers a one-stop service for families, which brings together various community organisations including Platform Housing, Community Housing, the police, Starting Well Partnership, and Worcester City Council.

This Hub opens just after children are dropped off, providing aid in a trusted atmosphere.



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A father at the school said: "It's easier to access services here at the school."

Established over three years ago by Sue Turner, the family liaison and nurture lead, the Hub responds to everything from housing to health and wellbeing.

A visitor said the Hub "is something worth doing and really helpful," explaining how the support received had helped him overcome multiple issues.

Mrs Turner said: "If parents are going through challenges at home, their anxiety and nervousness can affect the children.

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"If I can signpost or offer support to families, this helps and supports the work being done by the nurture team."

The Hub also offers a sense of community, with one stay-at-home mum saying: "It’s just nice to know I’ve got somewhere to go and a chance to socialise".

Community contributions also fill the Hub’s food pantry, ensuring families have meals available.

These services have proven important in the face of the current cost-of-living crisis.

Steph Russell, a parent and a former visitor herself, now aids other families in her role as a housing officer.

She said: "I wouldn’t have been where I am now without the support of the school.

"I’ve seen so many families struggle that have got help from the hub".

In addition to Wednesdays, the school opens its doors on Fridays for wellbeing and financial advice sessions and offers surplus food items during school pick up on Thursdays.

Mrs Turner adds: "We are committed to the wellbeing of our pupils and their families.

"By collaborating with community organisations, we can offer a broad spectrum of support services conveniently located within our school premises."

The school say that families with children due to start reception in September 2024 are welcome to visit on Saturday, December 16, between 2 pm and 4 pm, by calling the school on 01905 452437 to book a tour.