Start Well Services for Families (including Family Hubs and Start Well Centres)

Family Hubs (Start Well Centres) are places where families with children and young people 0-19 years, or up to 25 with SEND, can share the joys and challenges of parenthood.

These centres offer a range of activities and integrated support services to help you with every aspect of parenting, so your child gets the best possible start in life. 

A number of professionals will be available to support parents-to-be and families around a whole range of topics including supporting your child’s development and learning.  We also signpost families onto other agencies when needed.

Bolton Start Well Programme

Bolton Family Hubs Guide Front Cover Image April - JulFind out what’s happening at your local Family Hub and other locations in Bolton in our programme: Bolton Family Hubs Summer 2024 Guide to What's On (Activities begin week commencing 15th April 2024). Printed programmes are available in Family Hubs, Libraries and other locations. 

The programme can also be found on the Bolton Council website which is enabled with a ReachDeck toolbar to support greater accessibility. For example, a user can choose to highlight and have the text read aloud, or translate pages into other languages. When visiting the council page, look for the red and white ReachDeck logo in the bottom right hand corner of the screen; click on it to enable its use. 

In addition, we also offer online digital access to your favourite sessions via the Facebook group   


Where can I find a Family Hub (Start Well Centre) in Bolton?

There are seven centres in Bolton, these are:

Alexandra Family Hub

Blackledge Street

Open: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday

Telephone: 01204 337347

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Farnworth Family Hub

King Street

Open: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday and Friday
Open: 9:00am - 6:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Saturday opening: 9:00am - 4:00pm, 20 Apr, 18 May, 15 Jun, 6 Jul, 27 Jul, 17 Aug 2024.

Telephone: 01204 334955

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Great Lever Family Hub

Leonard Street

Open: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday

Telephone: 01204 337333

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Harvey Start Well Centre

Shaw Street

Open: 8:00am – 6:00pm, Monday to Friday

Telephone: 01204 337390

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Oldhams Start Well Centre

Forfar Street

Open: 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday

Telephone: 01204 334992

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Oxford Grove Family Hub

Shepherd Cross Street

Open: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday and Friday
Open: 9:00am - 6:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Saturday opening: 9:00am - 4:00pm, 27 Apr, 1 Jun, 22 Jun, 13 Jul, 3 Aug 2024.

Telephone: 01204 337090

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Tonge Family Hub

260 Starkie Road

Open: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday and Friday
Open: 9:00am - 6:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Saturday opening: 9:00am - 4:00pm, 11 May, 8 Jun, 29 Jun, 20 Jul, 10 Aug 2024.

Telephone: 01204 336745

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Start Well Link Sites

A number of former children’s centre buildings have transferred to schools, which will deliver services for children and families as part of their programme of activities. These buildings are known as Start Well Link Sites.

What is a link site?

These are the same buildings that used to be registered children’s centres. The school they are linked to will offer lots of useful information, advice and support about different services to keep children safe and healthy including: childcare, stay and play or parenting courses.

The link sites available in Bolton include:

North Link Sites

  • The Valley (Crompton) Start Well Link Site
  • Bromley Cross Library Start Well Link Site
  • St Catherine’s (Bright Meadows) Link Site
  • Leverhulme Centre Start Well Link Site

South Link Sites

  • The Orchards Start Well Link Site
  • Mytham (Little Lever) Start Well Link Site
  • Grosvenor Start Well Link Site
  • Kearlsey (Woodbridge) Start Well Link Site

West Link Sites

  • Horwich Library Start Well Link Site
  • Blackrod Library Start Well Link Site
  • Washacre (Westhoughton) Start Well Link Site
  • Winifred Kettle Centre Start Well Link Site
  • LifeBridge (Heaton and Lostock) Start Well Link Site
  • St Mary’s Deane (Hulton) Start Well Link Site

Want to find out more about support and advice services available for families?

You can find more information below about support and advice services available to families. These include:

My Life in BoltonMy Life in Bolton Logo

Visit the My Life In Bolton website for full details about all these services and more. My Life In Bolton has the most comprehensive and up to date information about accredited services including information about nurseries, childminders, schools, children, and adult social care providers, voluntary organisations, local help groups, activities and events.

Bolton Families Information ServiceStart Well Services for Families page

Bolton Families Information Service provides free information, impartial advice and guidance on a wide range of local and national services for children and young people (aged 0-19) and their families. For more information, visit Bolton Families Information Service - Bolton Council.

Help with the cost of childcare

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The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs and has released a website called Childcare Choices to provide relevant information for parents.

Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support! To find out more visit