Support for Parents

How does it work?

We support a broad range of situations that families find themselves in. We understand that at times, many of us can feel overwhelmed or isolated by our situation. Our volunteers understand these difficulties and aim to help you through them.

It’s simple to get help. Either through self-referrals or from a professional (GP, teacher, social worker etc.), our Family Support Coordinator will chat to you about your needs and then match you with one of our friendly volunteers. There will then be an introductory meeting and then the volunteer will visit you as agreed at the intro meeting.

What do families gain?

The support we provide varies according to each family, but may include:

  • Practical help with the children – playing with them and taking them out.
  • Support at meal times or other busy periods.
  • Encouragement to families to spend time together.
  • Helping parents enjoy spending time with their children.
  • Practical help e.g. helping to fill in forms.
  • Supporting a parent to improve organisation in the home.
  • Emotional support – spending time with the family, befriending them, providing a listening ear.
  • Helping parents to access other support services such as counselling and child-focused community resources.