I have learnt I am not the only one with problems in families. The things that happened are not our fault.
Child
who attended a PICADA Group (Positive Intervention for Children Affected by Domestic Abuse)
I liked being able to talk without feeling weird.
Child
I was able to talk to someone. Didn’t feel embarrassed about talking.  You made it fun.
Child
I liked the activities and it has made me more confident.
Child
I learned how to be kind and gentle with my opinions.
Child
You helped me to be nice to a lot of people.
Child
You were very kind to my brother and me.  We did some really fun things together in the sessions.
Child
You helped me calm down a lot.
Child
I liked talking through the different emotions.
Child
I enjoyed using puppets to practise contacting the police.
Child
Before support, I had no confidence and I had just moved to the area so I thought I could never make friends, but now I am going to the Children’s Centre on my own.  Thank you so much for helping me get out of a horrible place.  Now I am a different person.  Thank you so much!
Parent
supported by a volunteer
Family Friends offers extremely valuable services to families in the Borough. Parents talk about them being ‘a lifesaver’ and they feel their situation would have rapidly deteriorated if they had not had a Family Friends Volunteer. The Children’s Centre has worked closely with the Family Support Worker (Children's Centres and Early Years) from Family Friends. They have provided an excellent information service to parents that use the Children’s Centre and also work in partnership with us to encourage parents who, for a variety of reasons, may find accessing a Children’s Centre a challenge. Family Friends provides a really good top quality service to parents at the times when they need it most.
Allison Bradshaw
Children's Centre Co-ordinator, Little Cygnets Children's Centre
Support from Family Friends is so accessible because parents can approach the service to ask for help themselves. Family Friends also works with parents and other professionals to support people to be the best parents they can, and for children to have the best quality of life possible.
Laura Riley
Social Worker, Senior Practitioner Mill House Family Centre