Focus Family

In Cumbria the Troubled Families programme is delivered under the name "Focus Family".

The Troubled Families programme started in 2011 and has had many changes since then. The national programme is known for having a set of criteria but we believe that any families with challenges should be able to get support. 

Some of this support could look like this:

  • address risk of sanctions from Job Centre
  • identifying under and over payments from Job Centre, which often results in families facing further financial difficulties when money has to be repaid
  • move adults into training by paying for their child care costs 
  • link in with Linus blankets project to provide these for children in need of comfort
  • families helped with setting up home due to fleeing domestic abuse 
  • sanitary products for girls and women struggling to access appropriate protection 
  • prom wear project so disadvantaged families can still go to their proms 
  • get additional welfare assistance for frontline staff to share with families in need.

We have some Job Centre staff working with us and they support the Women's Centres around the county, offer drop in surgeries for frontline staff and attend family meetings.

If you have any questions, enquiries or requests for support please contact: Focus.Family@Cumbria.gov.uk