* Family Offer - Oldbury and Smethwick
Location: Sandwell, West Midlands
In Sandwell 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.
* Here4Me - Berkshire
Our project provides Independent Visitors, Mentors and Advocates for children and young people both in care and the edge of care.
You could help guide, advise, listen to and befriend young people in care, sharing their experience as well as trying new activities and spending quality time together.
Monksfield is based on the outskirts of Hexham within walking distance of local amenities and have easy access to the countryside, coast and nearby towns and cities. We provide residential care for disabled children needing a permanent home and short break residential care.
We work with families and professionals to meet the complex and varied needs of the children and young people that are in our care. Our tailored support packages enable all children and young people to benefit from their stay with us.
Whenever possible we consult with the children and young people about what activities they like and where they would like to go and the toys they would like to play with. We encourage children to develop as much independence as possible and get them involved in everyday tasks whilst supporting them to progress at their own pace.
By providing fun, inclusive and flexible support we help disabled children, young people and their families to live the lives they want. For every child or young person within our care our aim is to provide the most stimulating and inspiring environment to enable them to flourish.
* North East Independent Visitors
Our volunteers aim to build relationships and help young people feel positive about their futures.
We do this by giving them stability, support and guidance through being carefully matched with a fully trained adult that is committed to spend time with them.
* South Worcestershire Parenting and Community Development
Action For Children’s South Worcestershire Parenting and Family Support project plays an important role in supporting local families with children aged 0-19. By providing training, advice and guidance the local Action For Children team empower their clients 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 for clients.
SWPFS includes: Children Centre services, positive parenting courses, individual family support, 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.