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* Ballymena & Little Steps Sure Start

Our Vision

Ballymena & Little Steps Antrim SureStart provides a range of services to both children from pre-birth up to four years, and their families.

Services consist of both individual and group support and operate from two centres , covering eight identified electoral wards within Ballymena. The project comprises a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team and works in close partnership with a range of statutory, voluntary and community groups, to provide a needs led approach to the delivery of services in the area.

Services cover three main themes which are:

  • Family Support
  • Play and Early Learning
  • Specialised Health Support.

All our services are FREE! Our Projects play an essential role on giving children and families the early support they need.

 

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* Bucks Activity Project

Our Vision

Bucks Activity Project

Providing short breaks for disabled children and young people aged 0-19

Bucks Activity Project is part of the Action for Children Countywide Integrated Short Breaks Service, commissioned by Buckinghamshire Council and provides community short breaks to children and young people aged 0-19 with disabilities and additional learning needs across Buckinghamshire. 

 

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* Derbyshire Services

Action for Children - Build Sound Minds Derby & Derbyshire

Location: Derby and Derbyshire

Action for Children works in partnership with Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health, to provide Build Sound Minds Derby and Derbyshire, a comprehensive early intervention offer to children and young people aged 0-17 who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

Build Sound Minds offers one-to-one support, group work, telephone support and a digital offer. 

Space4U is a service that works across the county of Derbyshire, supporting children and young people aged 5-18 who have been impacted by someone else’s alcohol or substance use. 

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* Family Support Volunteers Central

Our Vision

Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

We need volunteers to support our staff and the children and carers attending our groups who are resident in the North and Outer West areas of Newcastle.

 

Activities will include:

  • Supporting play between the children and carers within our venues and other community buildings
  • Promoting the learning opportunities associated with activities offered, which could be Parenting Groups or Adult Learning courses
  • Signposting carers to appropriate members of staff or other services for support and advice
  • Helping to set up and clear away after activities
  • Opportunities to accompany families to other groups and services
  • Reporting any concerns or problems to staff members
  • Contributing to the planning and evaluation to develop the group
  • Opportunities to become involved in other Action for Children volunteering roles locally and nationally
  • As part of Action for Children's Safeguarding Policy we will expect all volunteers to undergo a disclosure check. This will be organised by project staff

We work together to reach our vision of safe and happy childhoods. A diverse workforce enriches the lives of the children and young people we work with and we welcome applications from everyone. We value and celebrate our differences and as an inclusive workplace we want everyone to be themselves.

Contact: Clare Bowley at clare.bowley@actionforchildren.org.uk who will be happy to support with your application.

Action for Children are PassionateAmbitiousCollaborative and Inclusive. We aspire for every child and young person in the country to have a safe and happy childhood and the foundations they need to thrive.

 

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* Gwynedd & Ynys Mon Young Carers

Our Vision

We help children and young people aged 5 to 18 who are caring for someone else in their family.

The person a young carer looks after may have an illness, disability, or mental health or substance misuse problem. Some young carers may be the only person providing care, while others may take on responsibilities alongside other family members.

Young carer's lives are restricted because of this need to take responsibility for someone in the family.

We try to make life easier by offering practical and emotional support for the young carer and family so they can enjoy some time of their own and achieve what they want.

We aim to work in different ways to make life better for young carers to feel good about themselves and their future.

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* NPT Community Short Breaks

Our Vision

Welcome to Neath Port Talbot/Swansea Community Short Breaks Project!

Neath Port Talbot/Swansea Community Short Breaks Project (NPT) provide sessions to young people with disabilities and overnight Family Link placements, including Swansea Pops and Swansea Link.

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* Plymouth Children's Centres

Our Vision

Our Children's centres play an essential role in giving children and families the early support they need.

We are open to your whole community on a regular basis. We work in partnership with other agencies such as health visitors, midwives and local schools.

To help under-fives get ready for school our services include: child and family health services; parenting programmes and antenatal support; early year’s education services, such as ‘stay and play’ sessions; speech and language support and family learning.

In addition we offer support for parents with adult learning and employment support. This may include language, literacy and numeracy support, family learning, access to apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities as steps toward employment and links to Jobcentre Plus. This is supported by good quality, inclusive childcare.

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* Torbay

Our Vision

Torbay Children's Centres aims to help every child get the best start in life. We have centres in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, and offer drop-ins, workshops, play sessions, antenatal support, and fun activities for families with children under 5. We also provide groups and resources for parents, carers, childminders and the local community - take a look at our website! https://services.actionforchildren.org.uk/torbay-childrens-centres/

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* Wimborne Children's Centre

Our Vision

The Action for Children's Centres in East Dorset are for everyone caring for children 0 - 10 years.  They bring together local services and can offer support and information as well as organised activities for you to enjoy with your children.

 

 

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Ashington Children's Centre

Our Vision

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

 

Central Children’s Centre’s are there to ensure all children get the best possible start in life. We are a focal point in our community where families with children from birth to 19 years old can access all the services and information they need.

Children’s Centre’s:

  • offer family's a friendly place to go and get information and support on health, parenting, work and childcare.
  • give help and advice on child and family health, parenting, money, training and employment
  • provide learning together through play sessions for children under 5 years with mums, dads, carers and their children, and there are lots of opportunities for families to develop new skills
  • offer outreach and home visiting, and services for children and parents who need it through the 'early help' process for 0-19 years of age.
  • provide early learning opportunities for pre-school children

 

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Bath West Children's Centre Service

Mission Statement

Action for Children is a national charity that supports and speaks out on behalf of the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people in the heart of communities throughout the UK.  With more than 650 services we are where you live and work. We help transform the lives of thousands of children and young people each year and we’ve been doing so for over 140 years.

The children and young people we support face the most difficult problems in life. Some don’t have the basics, from the love and care of family to regular routines such as mealtimes or the guidance that all children need to grow to be healthy adults. Others have to overcome physical or emotional challenges that hold them back. We help these children to fulfil their potential by providing services to support their individual needs. We succeed in helping children and young people to overcome difficulties at an early stage to tackle problems before it’s too late.

By supporting Action for Children you inspire hope in the thousands of vulnerable children and young people we help. Through our work and through speaking out, we seek to break the cycle of deprivation. We challenge injustice and empower children to overcome the obstacles in their lives that hold them back. We tailor our work to local circumstances, in partnership with children and young people, families, communities and local organisations.

We work with children and young people:

  • whose families need support
  • who cannot live with their birth families
  • who are disabled
  • who experience severe difficulties in their lives.

Our values

Passion - we are driven by our desire to help children and young people overcome injustice and disadvantage

Equality - we believe all children and young people have equal worth and equal rights

Hope - we believe in a child or young person's potential, no matter what they have experienced or what they have done

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Bedlington CC

Our Vision

Location: Bedlington Children Centre Northumberland

Our service enables to ensure all children get the best possible start in life .

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South Lakeland Children's Centres

South Lakeland Children's Centres

We are commissioned by Cumbria County Council to deliver a 0-19 Child and Family Support Service across South Lakeland. We are based in 7 Children's Centres but also deliver work in schools, community venues and family homes. We work with children, young people and families and offer both universal and targeted support. This includes:

  • Advice and Information drop in sessions on a range of topics e.g. healthy eating, supporting children with additional needs, staying safe online
  • Play and learning sessions for pre-school children and their parents
  • Targeted group sessions to develop resilience, support parenting or improve emotional wellbeing
  • One to one support to meet the specific needs of children, young people and families
  • Signposting to partner agencies or specialist support

Action for Children works across the UK. From before they are born until they are into their twenties, we help disadvantaged children across the UK. We help them through fostering or adoption – and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse. We make life better for disabled children. We influence policy and advocate for change. Our 7,000 staff and volunteers operate over 600 services, improving the lives of 370,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. We succeed by doing what’s right, doing what’s needed, and doing what works for children. 

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Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire

Our Vision

Action For Children Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire 

We place children, young people and families first, delivering safe high quality services that empower and enable children, young people and families to achieve their full potential.

We play an important role in supporting local families in South Worcestershire with children aged 0-19. By providing training, advice and guidance the local Action For Children Starting Well team empower families to 'nip things in the bud' early and this limits the risk of escalation. The service places an emphasis on a holistic ‘whole family’ approach that will result in long term, sustainable change.

Our work includes: Children Centre services, positive parenting courses, adult learning, support within schools and communities to engage young people with their education and work journey, and advice and guidance to young people who are not in education.

What Volunteers Say...

I was directed to Action for Children by a colleague on my course and after an initial meeting and attending the volunteer training session, with the Senior Volunteer Co-ordinator, I obtained a placement at the Buttercup Centre. The recruitment process was really simple and the support received from my supervisors and others at the centre is fantastic. If there is anything I am unsure of or the parents are looking for guidance, I know who to ask and where to signpost them.

Annabel 

 

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