Family Support

There are many agencies working hard in the local  community to help support families. Often Early Intervention can mean that families can get what they need, when they need it in order to improve outcomes for families and children. A thriving family means that children thrive. When a child thrives they succeed.

Please see our Thriving Families advice and support to help you get on track.

Information on Family Support in Lancashire can be found on their website.

Children and Family Wellbeing Service

The Children and Family Wellbeing Service (CFW) offers early help and support to children, young people age 0-19+yrs (0 – 25yrs for SEND) and their families across Lancashire. The service responds as early as possible when a child, young person or family needs support, helping them to access services to meet their needs and working with them to ensure the support offered is right for them, is offered in the right place, and at the right time. The main focus of the service is to provide an enhanced level of support which is prioritised towards those groups or individuals who have more complex or intensive needs or who are at risk and particularly where we think that providing early help will make a positive difference. Children and Family Wellbeing staff are skilled, committed and recognise that every family has different needs. The service approach is to listen, understand and work alongside individuals and families to make the changes that will help them get to where they need to be.

Children Family Wellbeing Leaflet for Families

Emotional Support

CANW offer a range of help and support to families and children.

There service offers specialist interventions for the following issues:

  • Bereavement, loss & separation
  • Depression, low mood
  • Anger problems, emotional control
  • Anxiety & stress management
  • Low self-esteem & confidence
  • Problem solving, coping & resilience strategies
  • Self-harm
  • Sexuality
  • Attachment Issues
  • Identifying and understanding Parent & Child patterns of interaction
  • Post Trauma support

CANW_Emotional Health and Wellbeing Support Leaflet

CANW- Counselling Leaflet

ACE is a charity that provides emotional support for young people ages 11-25 through focused interventions that suit the needs of the young person. You can self refer into this service through the website.


Nest Lancashire has been set up to support young people aged 8 to 18 who have been affected by crime or subjected to bullying, threats or harassment. You can talk to us in confidence and all of our services are free of charge. Our aim is to help you recover from whatever it is you have experienced and our trained, friendly staff will be able to help you move forward and feel safe again.

Experiencing or witnessing a crime can be really frightening. Being hassled, bullied or threatened is not ok. It is normal to feel upset, angry, frightened or scared following the experience. You may feel fine one moment and overwhelmed the next. Everyone deals with things differently and whatever you are feeling, we are here to support you.

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t told anybody or if the incident happened a long time ago. Even if you are unsure of whether what has happened to you is classed as a crime, we are here to help. There is no incident too small or too big for us to be able to support you.

What support is available?

We can support you in a way that suits you best. You can talk to us over the phone, in person, email us or send us a text. We will talk to you to get to know you and decide the best way forward together.

We can offer you:

  • One-to-one support
  • Group sessions with other young people
  • Access to sport and other social activities
  • Help to build your confidence
  • Help to ensure you feel safe and secure again
  • Support in reporting the crime if you would like to do so
  • Information about your rights as a victim of crime
  • Support you throughout the process if your case goes to court

Barnardo’s provide a range of services to help and support families across the UK, working with organisations and professionals so that children get the best start in life.

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Every Mind Matters has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing and where to go when you need urgent.

Financial Support

Morecambe Bay Foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area. It began life at the GYM Church on Green Street in Morecambe and has now moved to The West End Community Centre on Westminster Road in Morecambe. They receive and distribute over six tonnes of food each month and our operation has been growing since its inception in 2012.

Lancaster District Community Hub

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice • North Lancashire Email • Call 03444 889 622 (advice line) • 01524 400404 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)