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Award for Valuing Volunteer Management

Family Lives won the prestigious award for Valuing Volunteer Management in Hertfordshire twice. This award acknowledges good practice in volunteer management. The award is given based on nominations from our volunteers. We were up against a number of other volunteer organisations in Herts and are so proud of all our volunteers and would like to thank them for their nominations.

Supervision for Professionals

Family Lives provides supervision to a range of professionals from Children’s Centres, Schools and Parenting Providers.

The aims of the supervision session are to enable supervisees to reflect in depth on issues affecting practice in order to develop personally and professionally towards achieving, sustaining and creatively developing a high quality of practice.

Contact Kath Collins on 01707 247031 or kathc@familylives.org.uk for more information

Fairlands Primary School

Fairlands Primary School project delivers high quality school community support for vulnerable families and those in need of additional support  creating a vital link between home and school in the development of communication and the support of behaviour or learning initiatives as well as in overcoming home difficulties that may be affecting a child’s ability to learn.  Our Family Lives Family Support Coordinator brings an extra dimension in that parents often trust more openly with information, issues and concerns which they might not otherwise choose to share with the school.   Each child’s welfare and educational achievement remains central through our wide range of support services for families and staff including workshops, 1:1s,  parenting courses and training, and through processes such as CAF, TAF and Core Group Meetings and Children in Need assessments.

London Borough of Ealing Family Lives Coaching Service

In partnership with Ealing’s Think Family Plus programme, Family Lives volunteer coaching, individual & group support to Ealing families with multiple and complex needs is working towards the 6 key objectives of the national Troubled Families programme :

1. Parents or children involved in crime or anti-social behaviour.

2. Children who have not been attending school regularly.

3. Children who need help: children of all ages, who need help, are identified as in need or are subject to a Child Protection Plan.

4. Adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion or young people at risk of worklessness.

5. Families affected by domestic violence and abuse.

6. Parents or children with a range of health problems

Our Senior Family Support Coordinator is working with local lead professionals - healthcare, children’s centres, and schools, voluntary sector agencies - to increase access to and provide appropriate support for vulnerable families.

For more information please contact Sarah Parker on 07742 668 565 or email sarahp@familylives.org.uk 

The Living Room supporting parents with drug & alcohol addiction

Family Lives works with clients who attend The Living Room supporting adults (18+) with substance addictions (alcohol and illicit and non-illicit drugs) and behavioural addictions (e.g. eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, self-harm, gambling, shoplifting, relationships, love and sex).  The project is now in its third year and is based at St Albans.

Herts Targeted Parenting Support

Family Lives delivers 8-week programmes for parents of children with special educational needs. The course aims to support all parents to understand their children’s behaviour and respond positively.

A2 Dominion Trust

Family Lives is working with A2 Dominion Trust, a social housing company in Ealing, to provide individual telephone support to residents to support, empower and enable behaviour changes.