Supporting the younger generation

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

Parenting can be hard! Children don't come with an instruction manual and many parents, as superhumans, struggle along. Many parents do not know where to go for advice or support and it can also be quite daunting to speak to a professional about family life.

Parents might be struggling with day-to-day family life; they could be facing difficulties such as challenging child behaviour or housing issues – problems which aren’t serious enough for social services to become involved, but if they don’t get support, the issues can escalate.

Our Chill & Chat project is a weekly parent drop in service that is free for parents to access. Based in the heart of local communities across Gloucestershire, in venues that are within walking distance for most, we offer a relaxed and friendly environment for parents to meet. Parents can get advice advice and support on a range of parenting issues from our trained, non judgemental, Family Support Workers as well as being able to meet other parents in their local community. No issue is too big or small, there is no need to book an appointment, and you don't need to be referred in; making it easier to access support.

Our Chill & Chat sessions are tailored to the needs of the parents attending, so as well as individual support, other organisations are invited in to raise awareness of local services and provide specialist advice if there is a particular issue locally. For example, the local Housing Officer may provide advice on dealing with difficult landlords or the Police may attend to support parents with internet safety. Sessions have also supported parents with activity ideas to help with things such as anger management in children, as well as signposting and referring in to other agencies for specialist support.

Impact:
- Increased parental confidence
- Increased emotional wellbeing of parents
- Reduction in parental problems escalating
- Increased community networks

A funding grant of £25,000 from AVIVA would enable us to expand our project in to 4 more communities across Gloucestershire. This would pay for 2 trained Family Support Workers to run the sessions for a year, and would enable over 100 parents to access support in their local communities.

Parenting can be hard, but it doesn't have to be isolating. Things always look brighter after a Chill & Chat!

Project Video

Community Family Care

Moment of Pride

I am extremely proud of this project because it reaches and supports parents who would otherwise still be struggling and it genuinely makes a difference to people's lives. I am proud of Community Family Care as its staff empowers parents to build on their strengths, always focusing on the positives.

Location: Gloucestershire, United Kingdom