Our service offers support through the following projects:
This project recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide support, enabling disadvantaged babies, children and young people to take advantage of and engage with learning opportunities, social activities and school work in the home or local venues, including Children’s Centres. Our coordinators and volunteers visit families for 2-3 hours per week and provide positive role models, supporting parents to understand the value of positive parenting and aims to achieve the following:
- Preschool children – learning through play and improved communication skills
- Preschool children attending appropriate early years settings
- Improved confidence and emotional wellbeing for children and young people
- Improved physical health, healthier lifestyle choices, exercise etc.
This service is offered to all expectant parents, and families with children aged 0 – 18 years
Our Helping Hands service provides coordinated family support for parents with children aged 0 – 18 years. We offer both practical and emotional support to families to achieve the following:
- Improve confidence and abilities in supporting their children’s learning and development
- Improve emotional wellbeing
- Support parents to ensure their children are ‘school ready’ and support parents to improve school attendance.
- Support local parents to access volunteering and other learning opportunities
- Support parents to make healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and their families
A new project providing one to one and group support to parents/carers and family members of children with additional needs. Families can be referred to the project for one to one support to build their confidence prior to accessing group support.
We provide fun activities & care for disabled children aged 0-10yrs at local venues and parks across the City and also extra activities for school age children in school holidays. We support & motivate children to take risks and explore new play opportunities, providing one to one or two to one individual support where needed. Transport may be offered to children who are unable to access activities themselves.
Here are a list of just a few of the activities that we provide:
- Dance with a qualified teacher at a local dance school
- Skiing with a qualified coach at Festival Park
- Multisensory play at Dimensions
- Pony riding
- Go carting
- Wall climbing with a qualified coach
- Welly walks at local parks
Children learn new skills, build confidence, learn to share and take turns, make decision’s, socialise, make new friends, learn the rules to games, count, be imaginative, access technology. It helps their communication & language development as well as their understanding of the world.
A few things parents have said about the Aiming High Project:"We have time to do something for ourselves or spend quality time with siblings etc"
"I feel less stressed, more able to cope with family life"
"My child has progressed so much from coming to the sessions"
"Swimming has brought my child on, he used to be afraid of the water"
"Seeing my child’s face when he came back from swimming was priceless, I can’t thank you enough"
CAFs have a number of Family Support Workers, Co-ordinators and Volunteers trained to deliver one to one Family Links Parenting Programme. If we identify on initial assessment or during our work with families that they will benefit from a Nurturing Parenting Programme we deliver Family Links on a one to one basis.
CAFs train and recruit local parents to become Befrienders, offering emotional and practical support to families in their local area. All volunteers attend an eight week accredited Befriender Course including Level One Safeguarding Training as a minimum requirement. We also offer ongoing training for Befrienders on areas such as mental health, parenting, support work standards, domestic abuse, substance misuse etc.