* Aberdeen Priority Families
Aberdeen Priority Families Service adopts a whole family approach to supporting and enabling families with multiple and complex needs to improve their life outcomes.
* Eilean Siar Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Action For Children's Eilean Siar Perinatal and Infant service
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.
* Emotional Health & Wellbeing Service- Greater Manchester & Lancashire
Action for Children’s Greater Manchester and Lancashire Emotional Health & Wellbeing Service is an Action for Children service that place children, young people and families first.
Our work includes: the delivery of emotional health & wellbeing programmes, parenting courses, pupil support within schools and communities to engage young people in a conversation to support and build their emotional resilience, offering practical skills to manage negative thoughts and feelings
* Family Support Volunteers Central
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 firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to support with your application.
Action for Children are Passionate, Ambitious, Collaborative 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.
* Flintshire Families Disability Service
* Grampian Visitor Centre
The FCHH at HMP Grampian opened its doors on 8th September 2015. Since opening we have provided a range of supports to visitors and their families that are affected by imprisonment.
The FCHH has worked collaboratively with Families Outside, Shelter and Early Years Scotland to bring in additional services and supports to the centre. We have worked closely with colleagues in SPS to improve relationships between prisoners and families.
Alongside building a relationship with visitors the other main support we give to visitors is to give them general information about visiting and the prison.
* Tafarn Newydd C&F Service
We have 3 services that run from Tafarn Newydd (The TOGS Centre)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.
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Intandem Inverness and Highlands
Intandem is a Scotland’s national mentoring programme, offering mentoring on a regular basis to children and young people involved in the care system, specifically those living at home (under a compulsory supervision order) or with extended family (kinship care).
Children and young people become involved with the care system when parents struggle to navigate tough times. This could be chronic illness, mental health problems or a death in the family – all things that can make it harder to give children the best care and support.
A consistent, caring mentoring relationship helps children and young people to develop positive wellbeing and resilience, giving them the foundation they need to build strong relationships in the future and overcome trauma experienced in the past.
intandem is funded by Scottish Government and The Robertson Trust, and is managed by Inspiring Scotland.
intandem works alongside 12 partner charities to train and match volunteer mentors with children and young people. This community-based approach also strengthens local communities by providing training and opportunities for volunteers to be part of young people’s lives and healthy development.
Relationships change lives.
With the right support, all children and young people can thrive and communities are strengthened. Our vision is that all young people who are in care or on the edge of care have the resilience and confidence to succeed in life.
We are committed to the pledges made in the Independent Care Review and to #KeepThePromise. We place young people’s voices at the heart of all we do. Our Young Persons Forum “InVoice” provides a platform for young people to speak on the issues that affect them.
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.
Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire
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.
We aim to reduce homelessness with young people by providing a range of interventions
We aim to reduce homelessness with young people by providing a range of interventions, including housing advice, conflict resolution, education in schools, group work and support for the individual young person.
We offer a general counselling and support service including befriending, advising on food preparation, reminding and non-specialist counselling where this does not overlap with similar services provided as personal care or personal support.
Our service is assist young people, between the ages of 16 - 25, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
We aim to provide;
- A welcoming and accessible service that respects and values young people as individuals
- A professional, non-judgemental and confidential way in a safe and comfortable environment
- Work in partnership with young people and where appropriate their families, employers, organisations and individuals
- Provide information and guidance to encourage young people to make informed healthy decisions