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Current Projects

Group work - we currently run a number of weekly non-profit groups , supported by staff and volunteers. We cater for all ages and have attendees from newborn to 73! These provide social opportunities, practical and emotional support and life skills in a fun, relaxed environment.

Our Baby & Toddler group gives a chance to meet other parents and support their child / children to interact through play. Our 8 -11s group recently started in March 2023 providing a space that is safe, welcoming , socially inclusive, where children can explore their individuality and have fun through games, activities, crafts and more. We also run an Adult Drop-In every Monday afternoon, where attendees can meet up for a cuppa, meet new people, relax, play bingo, quizzes, seasonal craft and more. 

For more info on our groups go to our 'What's On' page

Bacup Family Centre's main project is "Giving a helping hand" we do this through:

Individual Family Support (IFS) - We currently have 3 Family Support Workers who deliver packages of support to meet individual, specific needs of children, young people and their families within their homes or at the Centre.   Support is around identifying and building on what is going well, re-establishing moments of fun and enjoyment which can bring great respite in crisis, identifying what needs to change and supporting change so that life is happier, healthier and hopeful. We work closely with other agencies identifying the best sources of support and knowledge and our support is not time limited. Because we are embedded in the community,  having been here for so long (32years), for many families and professionals we are the "go to place". 

Befriending & Mentoring - This is a smaller project within the IFS arena offering child led face to face support for children and young people. Ages range from 6 - 18 and carried out on a weekly basis. Within sessions we cover things such as difficulties at home, understanding self-identity and sexuality, managing struggles in school, self-control and challenging behaviours, anything affecting their daily lives negatively, by highlighting positives when things go well with the aim of increasing self-confidence, self-esteem and worth. 

Listening Project - Started in October 2022. Held within the local high school having been approached by the Pastoral Support Team in recognition of us already being a familiar presence within the community and well known by many families. Mirroring our Befriending & Mentoring support young people are referred in for a minimum of 6 weekly sessions. We are supporting 17 young people plus a waiting list at present, offering support surrounding areas such as self-harm, extreme anxiety, behavioural difficulties, home life, relationships, identity, sexuality, emotional mental health and wellbeing and living with disability (ADHD/ASD). There is the opportunity to enter into additional support or provision within the Centre for example IFS and Solutions.        


Solutions - Youth support and Youth centre activities - a really exciting new development. In partnership with police, local residents, businesses and councillors our vision is to re-establish our community culture of supporting, valuing, appreciating, and protecting our young people by providing a safe environment for them to meet up, build on social skills, ability to make positive choices and have fun; altering the culture of how young people are perceived locally through effective intergenerational engagement involving the wider community. We are in the final stage of securing a building to use as a youth space. 

Emergency Provision - We are often asked to provide short term emergency provision such as clothing, home furnishings, toiletries, food, baby items, and more. 

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