Working with the community: Love Barrow Families

These podcasts discuss the work of Love Barrow Families in the community and how it provides a sense of belonging and trust for families.

Julie Wilkinson, Research in Practice Associate, speaks to Trina Robson, one of the Directors at Love Barrow Families. These podcasts form part of a series on the topic of community development.

Part one - Setting up Love Barrow Families

This episode discusses how Love Barrow Families started work with the community in Barrow in Furness. It highlights how they provided a sense of belonging and trust for families and the importance of an ethos that values and promotes the strengths, assets and skills of individuals in the community.

Part two - How Love Barrow Families has developed over time

This episode looks at how Love Barrow Families has developed over time, maintained core values and responded to change.

Talking points

Trina and Julie discussed:

  • The geographical and social context of Barrow in Furness.
  • The catalyst for change in service delivery for children and families in Barrow.
  • Moving from local authority funding to becoming a community interest company.
  • The importance of an ethos that values and promotes the strengths, assets and skills of individuals in the community, and that is based on a relational approach.
  • Some of the challenges Love Barrow Families have faced and advice on what other local authorities might want to think about in taking a similar approach.

Resources mentioned in these podcasts

Further learning

Reflective questions 

Here are some reflective questions to stimulate conversation and support practice. 

  1. How do you/ your organisation work with the community?
  2. What are the key facilitators and barriers for you/ your organisation in working with the community? How might you address these barriers?
  3. What are the key messages from this podcast that you might take forward in your organisation or team?

Professional Standards

PCF - Values and ethics | Rights, justice and economic wellbeing | Intervention and skills | Contexts and organisations | Diversity and equality