About us

What is a Family Centre?

Family Centres are a community resource for parents/carers, children, and families. We support you on your parenting journey from pregnancy through to school readiness and all the milestones in between. We are a hub of safe environments for families to socialise and play in an educational setting. Providing opportunities for babies and children to develop their vital skills and supporting parents along the way. Professionals that you would find in a centre include health services, family support and early years practitioners. Southend has nine Family Centres and Outreach Services.

Southend Family Centres are open to families in Southend on Sea and local surrounding areas. Anyone with a child in their care from conception to five years can attend the family centres services.

Hamstel Family Centre street view


How much do sessions cost?

All sessions run by Southend Family Centres are free to attend.

Where can I find your session timetable?

You can find our session information on the Whats On page, our Facebook page and in our Centres.

Does the Centre have parking?

No centres have parking facilities, please find alternative parking if driving to a centre.

Can another adult attend the session with me and my children?

Yes, for our drop-in sessions you are welcome to bring another adult. For our bookable sessions please let us know when booking if you will be bringing another adult.

Can I change my midwife or health visitor appointment with you?

No, the health teams use our rooms for these appointments but are separate organisations. Please call your midwife/health visitor directly to confirm/cancel/rearrange your appointments.