The Focus Family Team are strengthening how we work with families who need extra help because we want Cumbria to be a great place for children and young people to grow up in. We do this by working closely in partnership with other services and agencies and jointly tackling all the different needs that are faced by the family as a whole and we call this the Think Family approach.

As part of the Think Family approach, Focus Family can offer support in signposting professionals and families to other local service providers who would be able to offer them additional support.

How we can help:

  • Employment Advisors who offer a full welfare benefit health check to make sure that the families are receiving all benefits that they are entitled to as well as other services
    -  The Employment Advisors also attend TAFs
    -  They carry out home visits alongside other professionals
    -  They are based within local community settings, reducing the   need for families to visit the job centre
  • Signposting to community food hubs / pantries and locally accessible grants and funding
  • Project Linus - providing quilts for children and young people in need of comfort
  • Families in need (including domestic abuse, poverty, SEND) - signposting to services
  • Welfare assistance and guidance for professionals to share with service users
  • Assist in getting white goods for households in need