[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A unique council service to give Renfrewshire’s children the best start in life through increased support for their families has now generated £500,000 in support for local households that they didn’t know they were entitled to.
Advice Works staff based in the First Families teams have been working closely with families to help them access support they are entitled to such as the Warm Home Discount, Tax Credits and other government benefits.
And more than 250 families have received one-to-one support from member of the Families First teams across the two areas on issues ranging from parenting support and health and well being to maximising household income and budgeting.
Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Education Convener, said: “Our Families First Core Teams provide responsive, on-the-ground support for families in Linwood and Ferguslie who have young children. I am absolutely delighted that the teams have helped local families to access a staggering half a million pounds in support that they weren’t receiving because they didn’t know they were entitled to.
“Our multi-million pound investment in our Families First programme is a key part of this council’s drive to tackle child poverty in Renfrewshire and to close the attainment gap between high and low income households. We want to help families thrive.
“I’m pleased that investing heavily in our early year’s strategy and developing it into the Families First programme has had a positive impact. We’ve heard first hand from families who tell us the core team support has been invaluable to them and from parents who say they were barely coping before Advice Works helped them access support. We’ll keep working hard to make sure families are receiving the help that they are entitled to.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]