Helping hand for families

A one-stop shop offering services for families and babies in the Wakefield district, the first of its kind in Yorkshire, opened by the Mayor. It will provide a place where families can access support around maternity services, early years, peer support and specialised health topics such as quitting smoking. It has been launched by the Little Angels breastfeeding group, and NHS Wakefield District.
A one-stop shop offering services for families and babies in the Wakefield district, the first of its kind in Yorkshire, opened by the Mayor. It will provide a place where families can access support around maternity services, early years, peer support and specialised health topics such as quitting smoking. It has been launched by the Little Angels breastfeeding group, and NHS Wakefield District.

A ONE-STOP shop giving vital support to families and parents with new born babies has just opened in the city centre.

The new Families and Babies (FAB) service shop is the first of its kind in Yorkshire, giving advice on maternity services, early years, peer support and specialised health topics such as quitting smoking.

It is a joint initiative between the Little Angels breastfeeding peer support service and NHS Wakefield District.

Little Angels chief executive Elaine Jackson said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with the NHS on what we believe is a first for Yorkshire and beyond.

“This drop-in centre will provide a non-stigmatising social model of care and has been developed as part of the strategic vision as all families, especially those at risk of poor outcomes, are likely to benefit.

“It has been designed to encourage people to call in and discuss infant feeding and child development in a warm, friendly, informal environment.

“Staff will have the experience and ongoing training in early childhood development, offering support and encouragement for children as they grow.”

Jo Webster, director of commissioning at NHS Wakefield District, said: “The FAB shop is a fantastic facility for mums, babies and families in a friendly and welcoming environment.

“We hope residents will make full use of the wide range of advice and support on offer.”

Mayor of Wakefield Coun Ros Lund cut the ribbon on the new centre, which is at Westmorland House, on Brook Street.