Bacup, in the Rossendale Valley, in East Lancashire, is situated at the edge of the Pennines, on the border with Yorkshire.
Following the Industrial Revolution, Bacup became a centre of woollen and cotton cloth production. English Heritage has declared Bacup to be the best preserved cotton town in England and its town centre is designated as a conservation area for its special architectural qualities.
In the late 20th century, depopulation and the closure of traditional industries led to loss of employment and opportunity. More recently, various government grants have improved areas of the town. However, the Irwell Ward, where The Family Centre is based, is in the top 10% of most deprived wards nationally; here, families face daily, the realities of poverty in all its forms.
The Bacup Family Centre is committed to helping individuals and families reduce the negative impact of life issues. Through our individual family work, our clubs, outings and outreach, we help families to lead happier healthier lives.