Family support scheme boost

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Thousands more families in Nottinghamshire will benefit with news that a national scheme to support vulnerable people is to be extended.

Nottinghamshire County Council has secured funding to extend its programme to the year 2020 – helping a further 5,260 families over this five year period address a range of issues.

The county council is supporting 1,580 families as part of its ‘Supporting Families’ programme over a three-year period which started in 2012. Nottinghamshire has been named as an ‘early adopter’ of the next phase of the national scheme.

Currently, the scheme aims to help families of children aged eight and above to get children back into school, reduce crime and antisocial behaviour, and put adults on a path back to work.

Support will also extend from pre-birth upwards – meaning expectant mothers aged under 16 in the county could receive support and advice as part of the programme.