Outreach

Outreach Support                         

mother with child
The Outreach worker is often the first point of contact and provides one to one support to parents at home or in the project.  Through discussions with parents the outreach worker can:
  • Provide information on services available in the area  
  • Refer parents to groups running in First Step
  • Accompany parents to groups and appointments they may find difficult to access alone 
  • Support parents as they deal with issues which effect their day to day lives 
  • Listen
Respite
Respite is for families experiencing a period of difficulty in their lives.  It offers one to one support to help address some of the issues affecting them while providing short term child care for children under 2 to give families the time to address these difficulties.  Information on groups and services available within the area is provided according to the needs of each individual family.

While accessing the service, parenting support is provided by the Respite Early Years Worker or the Outreach Worker, at home or in the project.  Childcare is provided in Wee Bears giving the child the opportunity to socialise with children from the local area in a stimulating, caring environment.

respite mother with child
Families are encouraged to ‘get involved’ with the project through attending groups – baby massage, parent chat, belly dancing and ‘me time’ are a few that have been on offer recently – volunteering or helping with fundraising but only when they feel confident enough to do so.

Respite is a short term service funded by Children in Need and The Big Lottery but we find that once the placement comes to an end families still use the project to attend groups and courses which run all year round.