A PROJECT designed to boost peri-natal care for expectant mothers in five areas of Barnsley has been given a year long extension, following a ‘well-managed’ first year.

The Central Area Council responsible for Kingstone, Central, Stairfoot, Worsbrough and Dodworth wards commissioned a £50,000 grant for the programme.

Family Lives, a peri-natal home visiting and support service, was given a formal extension following a Central Council meeting on Monday afternoon.

According to the report, which was discussed at the meeting, it said: “During the first year of the contract to date, Family Lives have delivered a well managed service.

“Assurances have continued to be provided by Midwives and Health visitors alike that the service is needed and that referrals will come through once the service is better known, and trust in the service has been well established.”

It was agreed that Family Lives is extended for the 12 month period from April 1 to March 31 2021.

Coun Jake Lodge, of Worsbrough, said: “I agree it needs our backing. I would like to see them improve exponentially in the next year.”

Coun Gill Carr, also of Worsbrough, added: “Perhaps we need to set out targets a little bit lower and increase them as they go along, so it is more manageable.”