Event offers support to families who are under pressure this Christmas

Merle Davies, director of the Centre of Early Child Development at Better Start

Merle Davies, director of the Centre of Early Child Development at Better Start

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Families with young children who are struggling to make ends meet this Christmas are urged to attend an event taking place tomorrow where advice and support will be handed out.

The Better Start Winter Fair takes place between 10am and 2pm at the Salvation Army on Raikes Parade, Blackpool.

Families don’t have to go through it on their own

Experts from Blackpool Council’s Wellness Service, the Cosy Homes in Lancashire programme, Learn4Life mental health programme and many more will be on hand to answer questions, while support around benefits will also be offered.

Support from the Blackpool Food Partnership, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and the Council’s Family Information Service will also be available.

Better Start is a £45m 10-year project aimed at improving life chances for young children born in Blackpool’s most deprived areas.

Merle Davies, director of the Centre of Early Child Development at Better Start, said: “Christmas can be a difficult time for many families and that is why this event is important.

“Parents are under pressure to buy the latest ‘must have’ toys and can find themselves spending money they can’t afford.

“Vital things like heating your home and making sure that your family are kept well-fed, healthy and safe can become harder too.

“Families should know they don’t have to go through this time on their own. There are many organisations and services across Blackpool that can help to make sure that you and your children grow up in a warm, secure house and in a family that is prospering. Our event will be a great opportunity for families to find out about some of those services, to ask questions and see if they could benefit from them.”

There will also be arts and craft activities for families to take part in and, as well as an appearance by Santa, there will be a snow globe where families can have a free Christmas family photo taken.