Staff at a centre that sets out to resolve family conflict were praised by government Works and Pensions minister Viscount Younger on his visit to Kilburn. 

He met specialists at the Granville ‘family wellbeing’ hub who run parenting workshops, an out-of-hours support line, an ‘early help’ panel for co-parenting, counselling and ‘father figure’ support.

“It’s brilliant to see how the Granville centre is supporting families here in Kilburn,” Viscount Younger said. “It fosters community spirit, helping parents communicate their differences whether they’re together or separated which has a positive impact on the family unit and children.”

Funding from the department’s “reducing parental conflict” programme is being used by Brent Council to run the centre in Carlton Vale, Kilburn, to help parents facing relationship distress. Services also include baby and breastfeeding support, school support and childminding for special educational needs.  

The programme was set up in 2018 to help reduce family conflict to protect children’s mental health. It supports couples and separated parents so their children have a better environment to grow up in.