Love Barrow families was founded in 2014 by two local public service workers, Katrina Robson and Alison Tooby and was co designed with local families and practitioners using co-production principles. Love Barrow Families is rooted in our community and has grown from the ground upwards.
We are a team of co-located health and social care workers across child and adult services and we are based in the Firemasters house in the Old Firestation in the centre of Barrow-in-Furness. We believe that in order to genuinely help families who face complex problems and often receive fragmented and chaotic services we need to really listen and understand. We also believe that it is time to move away from public services that determine what families need and instead to see people themselves as active participants who can ask for what they need and bring assets and skills to share.
We try to provide what families themselves have asked for ie. a service for whole families joining up child and adult mental health and social care, compassion and understanding, one main keyworker who acts as a transitional attachment figure, early help from the local community and an ability to be clear and honest with families when there are child protection issues.
Our current team includes social work, family therapy, play therapy, drug and alcohol recovery work, adult mental health and child mental health. We have a part time caretaker who looks after our building and we have a number of volunteer family members who clean, upcycle, fundraise, train others, grow vegetables and cook. You can find out much more about us from our downloads and films.
Love Barrow families became a Community Interest Company in February 2017.