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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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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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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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Birmingham Community Children's Centre

Our Vision

At Birmingham Community Childrens Centre we offer a range of services to children with disabilities and their families.

Location: Birmingham

These including play activities, short breaks, parenting advice, holiday play schemes and disability support.

Further to this we provide opportunities for parents/carers to build networks and access services for disabled children in Birmingham.

 



 

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Clackmannanshire Family Support Services

Our Vision

Our service provides early intervention and support to children and their families with the key aim of improving outcomes for children who would otherwise not reach their full potential and who may then require more complex interventions.

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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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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  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 our groups
  • Opportunities to become involved in other Action for Children volunteering roles locally and nationally
  • Our service operates Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.30pm with limited opportunities for early evening and weekend support 
  • 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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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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Mentor

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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Intandem Inverness and Highlands

Mission Statement

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. 

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Kernow Connect

Our Vision

We aim to make the caring role a more positive experience 

Kernow Connect is a Cornwall based youth service providing a range of universal, targeted and specialist services to Young People aged 11-19 and those up to 25 with SEND.
 
For information on our full range of support and services, visit: services.actionforchildren.org.uk/kernow-connect

You can also follow us on Instagram @kernowconnectafc and Facebook KernowConnect for regular updates.

 

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Norfolk ECFS - 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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Norfolk ECFS: 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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Norfolk ECFS: South

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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Norfolk ECFS: West

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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South Lakeland Children's Centres

South Lakeland Children's Centres

We are commissioned by Westmorland and Furness 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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Tafarn Newydd C&F Service

Our Vision

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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