Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Hubs get families off to good start

7 December 2012

Hubs get families off to good start

The South Dunedin Early Years Hub features prominently in a new book released by the Ministry of Social Development.

Helping Families in the Early Years – Stories from the hubs tells the stories of 13 hubs throughout New Zealand and how they bring together services and support for the families of young children.

Hubs are all about making it easy for families to get the support they need to get their children off to a good start in life. They make it easier for families to access services such as ante-natal care; home visit programmes; and parenting information, education and support.

Bringing services together in one place which makes it easy for families to get help on a number of fronts. Hubs bypass the hassle of seeking out multiple services and visiting them with a young child or children.

Research shows that when families with complex and multiple needs get a more holistic approach, the results of individual interventions or services are more likely to be successful. Good work done with a family isn’t undermined by a gap in another service, for example complementing good health care with advice on healthy eating and practical gardening and cooking skills, or supporting parents’ literacy so they can be involved in teaching their children to read.

Hubs offer a way for government services to work alongside community based services which gets more value from existing services, uses local strengths and resources, and builds stronger supportive communities – the kind of places we want our children to grow up.

In Dunedin, the Hub is a service provided by the Methodist Mission. It offers a range of services for families and their children - Pre Birth and Breastfeeding Support, Playgroups, B4 School Checks, Family Planning, Parenting courses, Music and Movement (toddlers and mums!), Budget Advice – all held in their welcoming new premises at 158 Oxford Street (the former Forbury School).

The Hub has announced activities for next year including free cooking courses, each of which will run for five weeks in the well-equipped new community kitchen. Contact Christine or Miriam to find out more; phone 466 3407.

Read all the stories at www.familyservices.govt.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news