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* Aberdeen Priority Families

Our Vision

Aberdeen Priority Families Service adopts a whole family approach to supporting and enabling families with multiple and complex needs to improve their life outcomes.

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* Action For Children Social Opportunities

Our Vision

Action for Children is a charity that has been delivering Children's disability services across Bury for over 16 years making children’s lives better: now, tomorrow and every day.

Location: Bury

We need volunteers who share our aims & really enjoy being with children & young people.

Can you help us support disabled children to become secure, confident, self-directed, problem solving creative young people with positive attitudes towards themselves and others? Our community based venues are situated at Millwood School, Elmsbank School, The Elton Centre, Sunnybank Community Centre, Castle Leisure Centre & Burrs Activity Centre.

We work with a diverse group of disabled children & young people to deliver exciting social activities, encouraging the children/young people to make friends & enjoy their social time, as any other child & young person would.

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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 – Broadland

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 – North 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 – 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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* Family Offer - Oldbury, Smethwick, West Bromwich and Wednesbury

Our Vision

Location: Sandwell, West Midlands

In Sandwell (Oldbury, Smethwick, Wednesbury and West Bromwich) we provide various activities and support to children and their families. We run one-to-one and group sessions and provide support with employment, parenting, debt support, school readiness  and many health initiatives. Sessions are run in our centres and at community venues in the area. We support children and their families to explore learning opportunities and raise their aspirations through fun and exciting activities. We also run specific targeted groups such as our Fathers group in order to support the harder to reach members of our community. We also offer a family support service offering support, advice and guidance to families within their own homes or in our centres.

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* Family Support Volunteers Central

Our Vision

Location: Tyne and Wear

When times are bad, families need extra support.

We use a system of whole-family support, providing an intensive relationship and support to contribute to the wellbeing of families we work with; this can stabalise families and enable them to overcome their difficulties and live happier lives together.

If families and relationships are strengthened, children who were previously on the edge of being placed in care are able to stay at home.

We work with each member of the family with all children in the household receive care and attention, and where necessary we work with other significant members of the household if we believe this will help.

Our work helps;

  • Keep children out of care;
  • Help parents towards employment;
  • Reducing children's involvement in crime;
  • Making more confident parents;
  • Helping families to better mental health.

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* Grampian Visitor Centre

Our Vision

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.

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* Grow by Action for Children

Our Vision

Based In Devon

At Grow, we care about parents and their growing family and know that parents are the most important part of their baby’s life. Our Grow classes can help to grow and nurture parent and baby or toddler’s well-being and the precious relationship between them in calm and relaxed environment. At Grow, our commitment to parents is:

· helping them to grow together from bump to baby and into toddlerhood and beyond

· supporting parent and baby to discover the world around you

· giving parents an insight into their baby or toddlers development, helping them to reach their milestones

· developing a baby or toddler’s interests, letting them discover the fascinating world around them where wonder leads to curious, imaginative babies and toddlers and happy confident parents

· helping parents to feel more confident as a new parent, their child is a unique individual who doesn’t come with a manual and we know that at times being a parent isn’t easy

· helping parents to recognise and understand their baby’s unique cues so they can give him/her what he/she needs

We care about parents and their family and want to make sure that their child gets the best start in life possible. We are here to provide a range of high quality classes designed to support the positive mental health and well-being during first few months and years of a child's life and their parent/s.

 

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* Kernow Young & Young Adult Carers

Our Vision

We aim to make the caring role a more positive experience 

Kernow Carers is committed to working with children and young adults aged up to 25 years, to make the caring role a more positive experience by offering activities and workshops, school groups and support, information and guidance.
 

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* Tafarn Newydd C&F Service

Our Vision

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. 

We are funded by Health, Education, Social Services and these funding streams are dependant on each other as they provide both the infrastructure and aspects of service delivery.

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
  • 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
  • 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

To reduce family stress thereby diminishing the incidence of crisis and family breakdown.

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* Wigan FIP

Our Vision

Action for Children’s Intensive Family Support in Wigan is a voluntary service that will offer an intensive level of parenting and family support to help make positive changes to family life.

By working with the whole family, IFS is committed to improving the quality of relationships between parents/carers and children and also the wider family.

 

IFS workers can provide practical and emotional support in a range of settings where families feel comfortable and safe, for example, Children’s Centres, Schools, Health Centres as well as their own homes.

 

We work with families at the times they may need that extra support; this may involve working outside of normal working hours

 

We’re looking for volunteers who would like to enhance the service offered to service users by supporting project staff with their direct work with parents, children and young people.

 

You will get opportunities to build effective working relationships with service users of all ages and support them in making positive changes. This may include supporting attendance at medical appointments, accessing activities in the local area or attending appointments. Our volunteers can use their own skills in engaging service users in activities through various mediums such as sport, cooking, arts and crafts.

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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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Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire

Our Vision

Action For Children’s South Worcestershire Parenting and Community Development project plays an important role in supporting local families with children aged 0-19. By providing training, advice and guidance the local Action For Children team empower their clients 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 for clients.

SWPFS 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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