Funding

Rather than a costly outlay on new infrastructure, a Family Hub model makes use of existing facilities wherever possible and extends and adapts buildings where necessary. Sometimes opening a Family Hub involves rationalising existing provision and realising financial savings, indeed that is often part of the purpose in shifting to the Hub model for family support in an area 

However sometimes there is a need for capital investment, and it is always important to ensure ongoing sustainability. There is no one source of funding for the start up and running costs of those Family Hubs which currently exist. In the tiles below we present a range of funding streams local authorities and other lead partners have accessed in order to open and maintain Family Hubs, and we expect to add to these as we learn more from the Network. 

Troubled Families Programme

Many local authorities use Troubled Families money to help families meeting one or more (TF) criteria for both targeted support and intensive early help. Leeds and Westminster City Councilused their earned autonomy from the Troubled Families criteria to re-purpose children’s centres and other buildings.

Early Help

The Isle of Wight combined existing Early Help funding streams with other sources to retain their children’s centres and re-purpose them to be Family Hubs. Manchester used Early Help money that was released under the terms of devolution.

Pupil Premium

Manchester Communications Academy pay for their Social Investment Department through pupil premium funding.

Health Budgets

Barking and Dagenham and Newcastle city received money from the local authority Public Health budget, after providing clear evidence of the public health benefit from Early Years and other services provided in Hubs. Chelmsford Family Hub is co-commissioned by a clinical commissioning group. 

Philanthropic and Charitable Donations

Hartlepool Hubs received £1.52m from Comic Relief, Big Lottery Fund, Esmee Fairbairn. The charity and social enterprise Changing Futures North East was the biggest financial partner in Hartlepool’s Family Hub with a 5 year (2015-2020) strategy.

Restructuring for Efficiency

Bexley reduced costs by reoganizing children’s centres, rationalising ‘back office’ staff roles, and redesigning their Thriving Families programme (as ‘Troubled Families’ is known locally). Chelmsford co-located staff and reduced IT overheads to cover refurbishment works and make overall savings.