Love Barrow Families celebrates three years of helping local families

A local project called Love Barrow Families has seen a large drop in mental health figures in both adult and child mental health services, a reduction of serious child protection plans and a more positive relationship between healthcare services and families.

To celebrate this over 50 people came together to hear how the scheme is doing three years after its launch.  The event held in Barrow heard of the positive impacts that Love Barrow Families has had on the 20 families the programme has been working with and how families who have struggled are now making fantastic progress.

A parent supported by Love Barrow said: “Before Love Barrow Families I didn’t trust anyone and wasn’t in a good place but with support I slowly opened up and our family has made big improvements. Love Barrow Families don’t just pass you on to other organisations they give families a chance to stay together and grow.”

Trina Robson Project Lead for Love Barrow Families at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“It was great to have so many people including the families of the project attend the Love Barrow Families event and to share how well the programme is doing.

“Love Barrow Families has recently undergone an independent evaluation by Northumbria University, which has highlighted numerous positive outcomes to children, families, neighbourhoods and communities in the area. There have been some great improvements made with mental health decreasing, more positive family relationships and a significant drop in physical health appointments for conditions such as asthma.

“It is evident that real co-production between public services and local communities makes a great difference as well as saving money and improving outcomes for all.”

Gill Schwer, Focus Family Manager at Cumbria County Council said:

 “It was a real privilege to be asked to support the launch of the Love Barrow Families evaluation event. The work to set up and maintain this programme has been challenging but the outcomes speak for themselves. It was humbling to hear first-hand testimony of the direct and very real impact the work of Love Barrow Families has had on families, communities and services.”

Love Barrow Families which is a partnership between Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and Cumbria County Council has been designed to help improve how adult and child health and social care services work together to achieve the best outcomes of the complex needs of vulnerable families in Barrow.