An innovative programme which has helped support almost 3,000 local families to turn their lives around over the last 5 years has a new name.

The national Troubled Families programme has become Supporting Families and, through a collaborative approach, will continue to help an additional 500 local families over the next 12 months. 

The City of Wolverhampton Council works with partners including Wolverhampton Homes, the police, health and education providers, the Department for Work and Pensions and the voluntary sector to provide support to families to help bring about significant and sustained change, reducing youth crime, anti social behaviour and truancy and putting parents onto the path into employment.  

Support is offered on issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse or parenting issues.
Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "The Supporting Families programme has helped thousands of families across the city turn their lives around, and continues to provide the support and information they need to tackle the issues they are facing. 
"Due to the excellent work of agencies, partners and volunteers that have been involved so far, it’s encouraging to see so many success stories from families that have benefitted from the programme.

“Everyone involved has worked very hard with some of our most under-pressure and disadvantaged families, and we will continue to support local families to give them a brighter future.” 
Nationally, councils have supported over 350,000 families to achieve successful outcomes, including 30,000 adults who were helped into sustained employment. 
Previous evaluation found that every £1 spent on the programme delivers £3.79 worth of economic and fiscal benefits. The programme is also "driving a profound shift to the way that local services respond to entrenched problems and support our most disadvantaged families."