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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 – 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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* 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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* Emotional Health & Wellbeing Service- Greater Manchester & Lancashire

Our Vision

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

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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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* Helping Families Stay Together

Our Mission

Helping families stay together services, deliver a county wide service of immediate, short, medium- and long-term family support, including a bespoke therapeutic service for up to a maximum of six months.  

The services work with an age range of 0-18-year-old (up to 25years for young people with a disability or care leaver) and their immediate and extended families.

We are committed to improving the lives of children and their families. Ensuring that they have access to every available opportunity to seek and make positive long-lasting changes.

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.

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 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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Mentoring

Come and be a volunteer mentor for us!

Location- Northamptonshire

Can you:

 

Work alongside one of our experienced family support workers to mentor a young person or parent, based on their identified needs.

 

Provide a listening ear and guidance to parents and their children

 

Support young people/parents to achieve their potential by supporting them in the community

 

 Some of the children we work with would love someone to simply kick a football with, or listen to their hopes, worries, and dreams -encouraging them

What you can expect:

Provide emotional and practical support to the child. Giving them good sound appropriate advice.

Selecting your weekly activities with the child.

Complete plans for each session you have together and email them to your volunteer coordinator on a weekly basis.

Speak with the parent/carer when dropping child back home, focusing upon the positives of the child’s behaviour, so the child can hear good things being said about them.

Feedback any concerns you may have about the wellbeing of the child to your volunteer coordinator or project manager asap.

Attend monthly supervision sessions with your volunteer coordinator

Participate in Mentor Forums or any other Mentor group activity.

What we can offer:

Gaining valuable social care experience, working with children and their families 

Wonderful opportunity and very beneficial for students or people looking to study and work in the social care sector.

Learning about how best to support children living in difficult situations, whilst being fully supported in your practice.

Improving your employability skills for future employment

Improving your confidence to work with children and their families

Being actively involved in your local community

Meeting new people, making new friends

Gaining a sense of pride and self-worth and feeling good about just 'giving something back

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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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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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