Love Barrow Families is a needs-led, grassroots organisation, co-designed by local families and supporting the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our community ranging from teenage mums and their babies to people at risk of homelessness, ex-offenders, substance misusers, people having experienced domestic abuse and the long term unemployed. 

Location: Barrow-in-Furness

The work is both formal and informal. It may be planned, working towards agreed and measured outcomes or may be a quick response to someone in crisis.  The group’s ‘open door policy’ creates opportunities for people to come into an environment where they can socialise with other people or find a quiet, safe space to be alone.  Everything happens under one roof; an alternative service delivery model that people choose to access.

Formal work involves therapeutic assessment and an agreed plan of support.  Individuals may be offered one-to-one sessions, counselling, play therapy, practical help with a wide range of needs including benefits advice, Food Bank vouchers, a hot meal, help with GCSE revision, help to write a CV, help to access other specialist services etc.  The Love Barrow Families Growing Together project on the group’s allotment, Local Residents Meetings, family lunches and holiday activities provide structured group activities where everyone’s needs are met through connecting with others with a common purpose.    

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