Individual Support

We offer six sessions initially to support your child with the difficulties they are having. We use different activities and resources, such as games, role-play and craft, but if they would prefer to just have a chat, that’s fine too.

Issues your child might be struggling with:

  • Low self esteem
  • Loss and/or bereavement
  • Parental divorce and/or separation
  • Managing anger
  • Relationships with other children
  • Bullying
  • Managing changes
  • Effects of abuse and/or witnessing abuse
  • Worries and/or anxiety
  • School transition

Looking Out for Me

(Groups for children who have a parent with a substance misuse or mental health issue)

These groups run for 8 weeks and are aimed at children between 8 and 12 years old. We run groups for children who have a parent with a substance misuse issue and we also run groups for children who have a parent with a mental health issue.

More about Looking Out For Me

PICADA

(Positive Intervention for Children Affected by Domestic Abuse)

These groups help children and their parent begin to heal from the impact of exposure to abuse. This programme is delivered in partnership with other services specialising in helping those affected by domestic abuse.

Read More About PICADA

Anxiety Group

For children who are suffering with low level or moderate anxiety  

For children aged 8- 12yrs who are suffering from some level of anxiety which is impacting on one of the following areas: their schooling, family life, self-esteem, social activities or enjoyment of life.  The group will consist of 6 weekly sessions, each lasting 1.5 hours.

Themes covered include:

  • Getting to know each other & beginning to understand Anxiety,
  • Understanding how anxiety impacts on behaviour,
  • Talking about feelings and developing coping mechanisms to manage anxiety
  • Taking care of yourself,
  • The importance of having fun!
  • Self-esteem and celebration!

Please call 0300 800 1005 to request a referral form.  Please ensure you have the family’s permission to make the referral and sufficient information to explain why you are making the referral.  Places will not be confirmed until an assessment visit has taken place.

Frequently asked questions

How is support provided?

A member of Family Friends’ professional staff talk with the family in order to work out the type of support required:

  1. Support can be provided by one of our trained volunteers who will normally help the family for up to two hours per week, initially for six visits, providing hands on practical help, a listening ear, support for children or just a break from a stressful situation.
  2. One to one guidance and support to parents and children can also be provided by one of our professional and friendly Family Support Workers.

Generally we recommend weekly sessions, as regular support is more beneficial.  Sessions can take place in your home, at our office or at your child’s school if appropriate.

Who will provide support?

Parenting support (individual, group and  PICADA) is provided by one of the Family Support Workers who are qualified to deliver the Triple P Parenting programme and PICADA courses and have a great deal of experience in supporting families.

Volunteer support is provided by one of our team of around 50 trained volunteers.  All those supporting families are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service and comply with our Safeguarding Children Policy.

Is there a charge for support?

No; our support is free. However, as we are a charity, we are always grateful for donations as this helps us to continue to support  families.

Have other parents found the help useful?

Yes!  We’ve had some fantastic feedback from parents about the difference our support has made to their family.

I'd like some support. What do I do next?

You can contact us by phone or e-mail [contact us] or, if you prefer, you can ask a professional such as a GP, health visitor, teacher or social worker to refer you.

We’re always happy to talk through your situation and if we can’t help, we might be able to refer you on to someone who can.

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