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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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* Bedlington CC

Our Vision

Location: Bedlington Children Centre Northumberland

Our service enables to ensure all children get the best possible start in life .

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* Derbyshire Services

Action for Children - Build Sound Minds Derby & Derbyshire

Location: Derby and Derbyshire

Action for Children works in partnership with Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health, to provide Build Sound Minds Derby and Derbyshire, a comprehensive early intervention offer to children and young people aged 0-17 who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

Build Sound Minds offers one-to-one support, group work, telephone support and a digital offer. 

Space4U is a service that works across the county of Derbyshire, supporting children and young people aged 5-18 who have been impacted by someone else’s alcohol or substance use. 

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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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* 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

General Interests

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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