New youth and family hub opens in Ponders End

The facility provides support for families and their children up to the age 18 and has been funded by the government

Last week's opening event for the Ponders End Youth & Family Hub
The opening event for the Ponders End Youth and Family Hub

A hub in Ponders End offering support to children and families has been launched by Enfield Council thanks to government funding.

The new Ponders End Youth and Family Hub offers a wide range of support for children, young people and their parents or carers.

It has been created inside Ponders End Youth Centre in South Street using grant funding from the Department for Education.

The hub brings together lots of different services for children and families, making it easier for them to get the help they need at the right time.

The help, support and activities available includes a breast-feeding clinic, parenting programmes, drop-in sessions for parents and carers, welfare benefits advice and support, domestic abuse advice, a junior youth club for children aged seven to eleven, family boxing, and an after-school youth club with activities including music, hair and beauty, motor mechanics, cooking and football.

Enfield is one of 75 local authority areas sharing a total £300m pot of funding from government to create family hubs, with the aim of providing the “best start for life” to families, starting during pregnancy and continuing until children turn 18 years old, with additional support for those who have special educational needs up to the age of 25.

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The Ponders End Youth and Family Hub was declared open by Enfield Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, Abdul Abdullahi, at an open day last Wednesday, 13th December. Guests at the launch event took part in activities including a boxing demonstration, crafting and fun activities and face painting.

Another youth and family hub will be opening at Craig Park in Edmonton early next year.

Cllr Abdullahi said: “The opening of the new youth and family hub marks a one-year transformation journey led by Enfield Council and supported by many partners and services.

“In Enfield, we have gone the extra mile re-designing service delivery to integrate the family hub within Ponders End Youth Centre, creating a warm, welcoming, and accessible place for children, young people, and families, providing a fantastic range of services and support to help them thrive.

“Our doors are open, providing support for any family, child or young person living in Enfield who needs it. I hope that as many people as possible will sign up for the activities on offer and utilise the services, help and support that is available.”

For more information about Ponders End Youth and Family Hub and the activities available there:

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