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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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Legacies Department

Mission Statement

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.  With more than 650 services we are where you live and work. We help transform the lives of thousands of children and young people each year and we’ve been doing so for over 140 years.

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 fulfill 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.

By supporting Action for Children you inspire hope in the thousands of vulnerable children and young people we help.

 

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 are disabled
  • 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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Northampton Community Short Breaks PMLD

Mission Statement

Northants Short Breaks Service (SBS) is a county-wide service providing short breaks to children and young people and their families, supporting a range of ages and needs

We have an inclusive approach that takes into account age, disability, and wider needs. It fits with our ethos of believing in the importance of allowing children and young people to socialise and develop relationships with other children and young people, regardless of their age, need and ability.

The SBS staff are highly committed and dedicated. We provide a safe, fun and consistent environment for children and young people to be themselves. Children and young people have the opportunity to socialise with peers, build confidence, resilience, self-esteem, and independence. Our clubs are a place to relax and have fun while learning and trying both new and familiar activities that help them to develop and grow. Action for Children staff provide and respond to the emotional, behavioural, physical, and medical needs of each child and young person.

Who we support

Children and young people in Northamptonshire, aged 5 to 18, with a range of needs, such as Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s, and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).

Parent, carers and families who have a child/children with a disability.

Disability Short Break Support Mentor

Disability Support Assistance

Disability Support Assistance

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as an Disability Support Assistance.

 

Can you:

  • Be patient and reliable
  • Have experience of or the desire to support children/young people with disabilities
  • Have good communication skills
  • Are able to work alongside a variety of different people
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Use your initiative but also ask for help when needed
  • Be willing to challenge discrimination.

What you can expect:

  • Interacting with service users, whilst listening to what they have to say, to make their voice heard
  • Supporting with reading and writing tasks when needed
  • Join in and helping with activities.
  • Contributing to children/young person’s social, emotional and educational development
  • Keeping records of activities including session and travelling times

 What we can offer:

  • Getting to know some great people!
  • Gaining experience in supporting children and young people with disabilities
  • Enjoying sense of personal satisfaction

 Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works.

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Wendy Forbes

Our Vision

Dundee Youth Housing ServiceDundee

We aim to reduce homelessness with young people by providing a range of interventions

We aim to reduce homelessness with young people by providing a range of interventions, including housing advice, conflict resolution, education in schools, group work and support for the individual young person.

We offer a general counselling and support service including befriending, advising on food preparation, reminding and non-specialist counselling where this does not overlap with similar services provided as personal care or personal support.

Our service is assist young people, between the ages of 16 - 25, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

We aim to provide;

  • A welcoming and accessible service that respects and values young people as individuals
  • A professional, non-judgemental and confidential way in a safe and comfortable environment
  • Work in partnership with young people and where appropriate their families, employers, organisations and individuals
  • Provide information and guidance to encourage young people to make informed healthy decisions 

Volunteering Opportunities

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