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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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* Early Childhood and Family Service – Breckland

Our Vision

Norfolk’s Early Childhood and Family Service is for all parents and carers with children aged 0-5 years. We offer support to families in their local area with drop-ins and groups. We also offer one to one support in the home. Our services include support families to get out and about and meet others, helping them to learn new things, enhancing the home learning environment, supporting the child’s development and keeping children safe. We work in partnership with lots of other services to make sure that families in Norfolk get the right support, at the right time, from the right service.

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* Early Childhood and Family Service – Great Yarmouth

Our Vision

Norfolk’s Early Childhood and Family Service is for all parents and carers with children aged 0-5 years. We offer support to families in their local area with drop-ins and groups. We also offer one to one support in the home. Our services include support families to get out and about and meet others, helping them to learn new things, enhancing the home learning environment, supporting the child’s development and keeping children safe. We work in partnership with lots of other services to make sure that families in Norfolk get the right support, at the right time, from the right service.

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* Early Childhood and Family Service – Norwich

Our Vision

Norfolk’s Early Childhood and Family Service is for all parents and carers with children aged 0-5 years. We offer support to families in their local area with drop-ins and groups. We also offer one to one support in the home. Our services include support families to get out and about and meet others, helping them to learn new things, enhancing the home learning environment, supporting the child’s development and keeping children safe. We work in partnership with lots of other services to make sure that families in Norfolk get the right support, at the right time, from the right service.

 

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* Early Childhood and Family Service – South Norfolk

Our Vision

Norfolk’s Early Childhood and Family Service is for all parents and carers with children aged 0-5 years. We offer support to families in their local area with drop-ins and groups. We also offer one to one support in the home. Our services include support families to get out and about and meet others, helping them to learn new things, enhancing the home learning environment, supporting the child’s development and keeping children safe. We work in partnership with lots of other services to make sure that families in Norfolk get the right support, at the right time, from the right service.

 

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* Early Childhood and Family Service – West Norfolk

Our Vision

Norfolk’s Early Childhood and Family Service is for all parents and carers with children aged 0-5 years. We offer support to families in their local area with drop-ins and groups. We also offer one to one support in the home. Our services include support families to get out and about and meet others, helping them to learn new things, enhancing the home learning environment, supporting the child’s development and keeping children safe. We work in partnership with lots of other services to make sure that families in Norfolk get the right support, at the right time, from the right service.

 

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* East Devon

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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* Eilean Siar Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Our mission

Action For Children's Eilean Siar Perinatal and Infant service 

BLUEPRINTS

Blueprints are a welcoming team of Action for Children staff and volunteers who work with expectant mums, dads, families and their babies up till the child 3 years old.  We work alongside parents to build their confidence, helping parents through pregnancy, birth and into infant stages.  

 

We support and empower parents and families by giving them emotional support, parental support and help to restore a positive mental and emotional wellbeing.  We provide emotional and practical support, and we aim to leave families with tools to move forward and manage their own unique situation.  These tools will bolster parents' confidence to effectively nurture and interact with their child giving both the best chance of an improved future.  The tools give them positive behaviour strategies, guidance on sleep patterns and healthy sleep, build routines and develop their understanding of child development. These all strengthen parent and child relationships to improve baby development and baby and mother attachment. 

 

 

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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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* Tafarn Newydd C&F Service

Our Vision

We have 3 services that run from Tafarn Newydd within Torfean and Monmouthshire 

Service 1: Tafarn Newydd Families Service provides a multi-agency family support service that promotes and enhances the development of disabled children aged between 0 and 19. We promote the child’s; linguistic, cultural, physical, social & life skills, emotional and cognitive development through assessment and individual one page profiles that address their specific and individual  needs. 

Our key objectives are:

  • To provide local support for disabled children & their families
  • Families are supported to develop necessary skills to care for their disabled children
  • Parents and children are less isolated and support networks developed
  • Children and young people attending Saturday club are able to socialise with their friends which enables parents to have a short break. 

Service 2: This is a families first funded project which supports Children from 0-4 Years Old with a disability in an early years setting. Many of the children we support have substantial and highly complex needs. Our approach benefits their health, wellbeing and development. The recently developed sensory garden provides a safe space for children to engage with their environment. They develop social and language skills, and learn through play to explore the world around them in a more stimulating and interactive way. These skills will give children the opportunity to explore and gain independence, while providing them with a sense of control.

Our Key Objectives are:

  • Children are supported and developed to reach their maximum potential
  • Children are supported in their transition to school
  • Parents have access to relevant information to support their role

 

Service 3: Monmouthshire- My Time Project 

The project has 3 aspects of services these are playschemes, fun clubs and 1-1 tailored support called family aid which support to children, young people and their families to access and engage with a range of opportunities.  Children and young people are offered activities and new experiences that enable them to reach their full potential, build their own resources and resilience and minimise the risk of long-term dependency. 

The service also provides parents/carers with opportunities to ‘take time out’ from their caring role.

Read this article on the impact of COVID on our services and families   A year like no other | West Wales Chronicle : News for Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Swansea and Beyond 

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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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Avon & Glos Cluster (Bristol; Bath&NES; Glos & North Somerset)

Our Vision

Our Vision:

Is that every child & young person in the country has a safe, happy childhood and the foundations they need to thrive. This is what we aspire to for our children & young people.

 

Our mission is to protect and support children and young people.

We do this by:

  • Providing practical care and support
  • Ensuring their voices are heard
  • Campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives

These are practical actions we undertake as an organisation to help bring our vision about. 

 

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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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