Plans to deliver children’s centres services from six new family hubs across Shropshire are out to public consultation until July 12 and people are being urged to have their say.

Under the proposals, services would be delivered from six key buildings instead of the existing 26 buildings. The six buildings would be in Whitchurch, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Ludlow and two in Shrewsbury.

Children’s centre services would continue to be provided from the six new hubs, and through local community venues and home visits.

The consultation began on May 29 and will run for six weeks.

There will be a public meeting on Monday, June 18 at Whitchurch Civic Centre from 7pm to 8pm to discuss the future of the children's centre, or people can complete an online version of the consultation questionnaire via Shropshire Council's website www.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/early-help-family-hubs-strategy, or complete and return a hard copy.

Nick Bardsley, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for children’s services and education, said: “The proposed new delivery model for Early Help services across the county will provide whole family support, dealing with all the issues a family faces, with their full involvement and consent. The principle of delivering these services through bases or hubs was generally well received during the first consultation but now we want to know people’s views about these more detailed proposals, and about the proposed locations of the six hubs, and I urge them to let us know what they think.

“We want to provide support to children and families who are most in need of our help, quickly and in the right way. We also currently spend an awful lot of money on a lot of buildings, some of which are only used for a very small part of the week. We think it’d far better to focus our resources on providing services for those who need our help, rather than paying for buildings.”

Under the proposals services provided by Shropshire Council’s partners will also continue, including midwifery services, health visitor services and services for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, especially those with special needs.

Shropshire Council does not intend to close the 20 unneeded buildings but anticipates that they would be used by other organisations providing services for children and families.

The proposals have been drawn up following a previous consultation held in February and March 2018 in which families, stakeholders and staff were asked for their views on the idea of family hubs. Their views and opinions have helped to shape the proposals that will now go to further consultation.