* Ashington Children's Centre
Location: Ashington, Northumberland
Central Children’s Centre’s are there to ensure all children get the best possible start in life. We are a focal point in our community where families with children from birth to 19 years old can access all the services and information they need.
- offer family's a friendly place to go and get information and support on health, parenting, work and childcare.
- give help and advice on child and family health, parenting, money, training and employment
- provide learning together through play sessions for children under 5 years with mums, dads, carers and their children, and there are lots of opportunities for families to develop new skills
- offer outreach and home visiting, and services for children and parents who need it through the 'early help' process for 0-19 years of age.
- provide early learning opportunities for pre-school children
* Bedlington CC
Location: Bedlington Children Centre Northumberland
Our service enables to ensure all children get the best possible start in life .
* Breaking the Cycle
We are Breaking the Cycle.
Breaking the Cycle is a counselling service for children and young people who have lived with domestic abuse. We are based in Newcastle upon Tyne and work across the city. We run one-to-one therapeutic sessions that offer a safe space for children and young people to explore their emotions with an experienced counsellor. these sessions often take place in education settings however we are keen to offer online sessions if clients prefer this.
Our goal is to help children and young people to open up about their experiences and manage their emotions. We support them to make positive changes in their behaviour and help them on their recovery journey. Children and young people are also supported to build strong relationships with family, friends and teaching staff.
Our service is funded by the Big Lottery Community Fund.
* Chestnut Lodge
We operate a social care model of disability, ensuring that our service users are seen as children first, and receive the necessary care and support to manage their disability so they can get the most out of life. Each young person is unique and we value their differences, recognising that what might be thought a great activity by one young person, could be thoroughly disliked by another. By ensuring children and young people have access to a wide range of opportunities, and noting their responses, we aim to enhance their life and enable them to fulfil their potential.
We operate evening youth clubs in term time as well as overnight short breaks at weekends and holidays which provide support to the individual young person and respite for the family. Firstly by providing young people with a range of experiences and opportunities which help them to achieve positive outcomes in life. Secondly, by giving support to parents in the form of a break to enable them to recharge as well as being a source of professional advice and assistance to families. Thirdly by giving parents the opportunity to spend time either together or more often with their other children doing the things that they find it impossible to do when the disabled child is at home, but most of all we want our young people to enjoy their time with us and most of all, have FUN.
* 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
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.
* Galafield Community Centre
Help end isolation by supporting the Community Cafe
Action for Children is a national charity that supports and speaks out on behalf of the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people in the heart of communities throughout the UK. In Newcastle we run the Galafield Community Hub and Cafe, In the Outer West of the City.
The Galafield Community Hub is a thriving centre serving the whole community. We have sports and leisure activities; support groups; dance; new babies sessions and adult learning. Alongside this we have specialist support when needed such as benefits advice, family support and a Foodbank. The Community Cafe is a new venture at the heart of the centre. This is a welcoming and friendly place for people to drop in and relax. We are providing the space for people to re-connect and end the isolation that COVID has imposed.
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
Community Cafe Assistant
* Merseyside Junior Mentoring
Junior Mentoring In Action
We work across Merseyside, focussing on children aged 5-11 years. They are experiencing difficulties which may be having a negative impact on their learning, confidence and social skills.
The programme provides a solution focused approach to support a child to develop their inner resources and strengths. Building their self-esteem, and finding positive alternatives to their challenging behaviour that could otherwise result in them not reaching their full potential.
We provide a tailored one-to-one mentoring package with a carefully screened, trained and supervised adult volunteers from within the community.
Volunteers are trained in using a solution focused approach to working with children, they cover safeguarding children, lone working and solution focused approach to working with children, before they are matched to a child. Safeguarding is paramount throughout our work.
- 96% OF THE CHILDREN ACHIEVE THEIR SET GOALS
- 98% SHOW AN IMPROVEMENT WITH ISSUES THEY WERE REFERRED FOR
The benefit of the mentoring service affects the individual child, their family life, their school academic life, the relationships with their friends and the life of the volunteer mentor.
* Newbiggin Childrens Centre
Activities Assistant Newbiggin children's Centre.
Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us.
Action for children does what's right, does what's needed and it does work.
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.