What your Family Hub can offer

Family Hub's or children's centre provide a wide range of help and support.

This includes a range of services for babies, children, young people and their families. You can drop in to your local Family Hub or children's centre, or find information online.

Midwifery and maternity services

Midwifery services provide support and care to women and their families while pregnant, throughout labour and during the period after the baby’s birth

Dorset wide there are a range of services, information, advice, and tools you can access for support.

The NHS deliver maternity services in Dorset. Found out about maternity services in Dorset on the NHS Dorset County Hospital website.

You can get support during pregnancy and in the postnatal or postpartum stage by:

Health visiting

Health visiting services are there to help you and your newborn baby to stay healthy. Your health visitor can see you at home, a GP practice and your local Family Hub or children's centre.

A health visitor will usually visit you at home around 10 days after your baby is born, until then you will be cared for by local midwives.

The NHS deliver health visiting services. Found out about health visiting on the Dorset Healthcare University website.

Find contact details for your local health visiting team on the Dorset Healthcare University website.

Parentline offers support via text message too, find details of parent line on the Dorset Healthcare University Trust website.

You can also follow the Dorset Healthcare Visiting Service on Facebook.


Infant feeding or breastfeeding

The Breastfeeding Network has been commissioned by Public Health Dorset to provide breastfeeding support services across Dorset.

The types of services offered include groups and remote support via Zoom or social media.

Your local Family Hub or children's centre may hold groups run by the Breastfeeding Network or volunteers, find your nearest children's centre or Family Hub. Your midwife and health visitor can also support with breastfeeding.

To get support visit the Breastfeeding Network website

Find breastfeeding support groups ran by Families and Babies (FAB) in Dorset.

Parent infant relationships and perinatal mental health

Perinatal Mental Health problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child

Perinatal mental illness affects up to 27% of new and expectant mums and covers a wide range of conditions.

Specialist perinatal mental health assessments are available across Dorset, which focus on the needs of mother and infant, and treatment for women suffering with severe mental illness.

Referrals to specialist services can be made via your GP, social care worker, health visitors, maternity departments, and other health care professionals. 

Find information on perinatal mental health services on the Dorset University Trust website.

Find further support and advice on maternal mental health on the Healthier Together website.


Activities for children aged 0 to 5

Activities for Children under 5 support the development of brain architecture, foundations for health and resilience.

Through games and playful activities children can practice and strengthen important executive function skills such as learning to focus attention, strengthening working memory and developing basic self-control.

Find your nearest children's centre or Family Hub and contact them to find out what's on offer. Library Services also host a range of evidence-based activities for children under 5, find library events in Dorset.

You can also find activities, groups and events for children on our website.

Childcare funding and financial support

Your local Family Hub or children's centre has a Family Information Service officer on site, where you can get advice, information, and support

Age 0 to 19 Public Health

Dorset Healthier together can provide you with information and advice on a wide range of childcare concerns for all age ranges

Mental health

If you need specialist support for Mental Health, condition, or disability then you can get local NHS, charity, or support from a Family Hub or children's centre.

If you prefer to contact these services directly, find links to Dorset Mental Health Services:


Stop Smoking Support

Livewell Dorset provide a range of Stop Smoke services

Services include face to face support, live well coaching, nicotine replacement, vape starter kit and the Alan Carr easy way seminar.

Your local Family Hub or children's centre can connect you to these services or visit the Live Well Dorset website for further information.

Substance Misuse

We commission the Reach team to provide support with drug and alcohol misuse.

These services can be found at your local Family Hub or children's centre, visit the Reach website for more information.

Livewell Dorset also provide information and tools on cutting down alcohol.


Your local Family Hub or children's centre can give housing advice

Your local Family Hub will have a wider range of local information and advice sessions from different organisations with expertise delivered directly on site. With links to both council owned and housing associations as well as support for private renters. If required, we can connect you to national support services too.

Find housing advice on our website.

Domestic abuse

Your local Family Hub or children's centre have expertise to connect you to services if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Get help if you are experiencing domestic abuse. If you are in immediate danger, call 999. Do not put yourself or any children at risk.

Reducing parental conflict and parenting

Your local Family Hub and children's centre staff are trained to support you on either on a one-to-one basis, face to face or through online support.

Family Hubs offer a range of parenting support on site such has parenting support courses and connection to services and information and advice.

if you cannot get to somewhere in person visit our webpages to find support for parents in a relationship

You can also find further support through:



Youth Services

Your local Family Hub or children's centre offer on site youth services. They can also connect you to local services, information, and tools to support young people.

Youth Offending

Your local Family Hub or children's centre can connect you to Youth Offending Services

Speech and language and home learning

Our Family Hubs and children's centres can connect you to the Balanced System and offer advice.

Visit the balanced system online tool to find speech and language support available in Dorset. 

There is further support available from:

Home learning

Find information on home schooling and flexi schooling on our website.

Debt and welfare

Family Hubs and children's centres offer debt and welfare support in person.

Contact your local children's centre or Family Hub to find out the dates and times support is available. Both drop ins and appointments are offered.

You can get advice on managing your money on our website, and find out more about benefits for Dorset residents.

Oral health improvement

We are working towards having an oral health champion available on site who can provide information and advice on oral health and connect you to services.

NHS Somerset provides community dental services for Dorset residents. 

Find out more about the NHS Somerset dental services.

Special Care Dentistry

Special Care Dentistry, also known as special needs dentistry looks after people who have special educational needs or a disability (SEND).

Find information on dental treatment for people with special need on the NHS website.

Nutrition and weight management

Provide a range of services on site to support you with nutrition and weight management, this includes food banks, budgeting and cooking sessions and getting active sessions

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) support

We offer SEND support and advice in person at your local Family Hub or children's centre

Birth registration

If you need help booking to register a birth your local Family Hub or children's centre can help you

All births in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must be registered within 42 days of the child being born. You should do this at the local register office for the area where the baby was born.

Book an appointment to register a birth online