Family Hubs

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What is a Family Hub?

Bedford Borough Family Hubs are welcoming places where you and your family can go to enjoy fun-filled activities, meet people in your community and learn new skills. From coffee mornings and workshops, to storytelling, cooking, and gardening, there's something for all ages.

Who are Family Hubs for?

We are here for all families from the moment you are expecting a child until they turn 19 or, if they have special needs, until they turn 25. We have activities and support for all ages. If you want to meet other parents, want something fun to do with or just need some advice, we can help.

Where are the Family Hubs?

We have two Family Hub buildings: Queens Park on Marlborough Road and Pine Cones on Slade Walk.

Much more is on offer through our Best Start Bedford website and through our ability to connect families with a range of services and professionals across Bedford Borough.

What happens at a Family Hub?

We have a full timetable for 0-5 year olds and we are working hard to introduce activities for older children. A lot of our sessions are drop-in.

Find bookable activities for families with children aged 0-5 and for families with children and young people aged 0-19 or 25 with SEND.

You can find regular updates on things to do, information and ideas to help families in the local area on our Family Hubs Facebook page and by signing up to receive our half-termly newsletter straight to your inbox.

Activities and services running from the Family Hubs and Children’s Centres:

  • Play, learn and exploration activities for babies and children aged 0-11.
  • Workshops to help you with aspects of your child’s development such as toilet training, feeding and understanding behaviour.
  • Well-being and mental health support for children, young people and adults.
  • Baby Brasseries for parents who are breastfeeding and want to meet others and have the chance to ask for advice.
  • Coffee mornings to meet other parents.
  • Dad’s and family groups at the weekend.
  • Quiet sessions and support groups for children with SEND.
  • Baby Massage and Baby Yoga.
  • Help and advice with the everyday challenges as a parent.

How can I get in touch?

You can email us for more information on or send us a message via our Family Hubs Facebook page and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

If you’d like to speak to someone please call our Children’s Centres on 0300 323 0245 (8.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday) or the Family Information service on 0800 023 2057 (open Monday-Friday 9-4pm with a 24 hour answerphone service).

How do you know what families want?

In the summer of 2023 we completed a local Needs Assessment to find out. This meant working with lots of local families and organisations through conversations, surveys and focus groups.

Download the Needs Assessment Executive Summary (PDF) to read more about what we found. We are using this information to help us shape the vision for Family Hubs and local family services moving forward.

We are running a survey to hear your views on our Family Hubs Children’s Centres in Bedford Borough and the services they offer you and your family. If you haven’t heard of us or visited us, then we want to know that as well. The survey is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 0-19 years (or up to 25 if they have special educational needs), as well as parents who are expecting a baby. The survey runs from 12 April 2024 to 30 June 2024. 

Can I help?

Yes! We want our Family Hubs and Children’s Centres in Bedford Borough to be right for parents and their families and the only way we can make sure we are doing that is to have you involved.

There are few ways you can do this:

Anything else?

We are working with the bpha and Faith in Queens Park to run Café Connect – Queens Park is a community café at the Community Centre on 52 Marlborough Road, Queens Park, MK40 4LF.

The café is run by local volunteers offering home-cooked food to buy at a low price as well as free tea, coffee and biscuits. It happens every two weeks on Wednesdays, in term-time, from 12.15-2.15pm.

Local services join us regularly give information on the support available and to run activities for children and adults.

The café is running on the following dates in 2024:

  • 1 May
  • 15 May
  • 5 June
  • 19 June
  • 3 July
  • 17 July

GDPR and privacy statements

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