Family Support Service secures new funding

Big Lottery Fund

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the mental wellbeing of families and people in our community has received a fantastic boost!

Our Lottery funding bid of £129,779 has been kindly approved by the Big Lottery Fund, Medium Grants Funding Body to guarantee the continuation and development of the existing Family Support Service.

This funding, to be allocated over a five year period, will be used to continue and develop the existing Family Support Service with a dedicated worker and manager providing tailored support to families, including carers, who are struggling to cope with the impact of a family member having poor mental health. Staff will offer 1-to-1 support, advice, guidance, information and sign-posting to specialist services e.g. a child being referred to counselling or a parent attending training on self-harm.

Support also comprises access to a wide range of personal development, social and educational courses and learning opportunities. Support can help families to function better as a unit by improving communication skills, helping members to understand and support their loved ones in a productive manner. Families can also develop positive coping strategies that are responsive and beneficial rather than perhaps being reactive due to the stressors within the family dynamic.

The past success of the “new” family support service, which has expanded from the Carers service, has proved popular and effective. The workers are delighted the service will continue to offer a quality support service to families and individuals who may be suffering due to the stresses and strains of family life.

Service Manager Neil Sowerby says “This funding will mean that Susan Burns, Service Practitioner, and I can continue to offer a significant number of families and people in most need within our community an opportunity to build the connections and resources, both within the family and the wider community, to enable them to achieve their own self defined potential”. Neil adds “Our approach is person centred and strengths based, working alongside family members to optimise the skills and knowledge each person possesses to maximise their wellbeing and improving their future relationships.”

The service aims to reach 100 families each year, offering our community a service they trust. The service uses validated evaluation tools to assess outcomes for all clients dependent upon each individual set of circumstances with the aim of providing an honest, independent, holistic service. Comments on service provision include:

“I came during a storm and was taken to where a rainbow ends” (client)

“FDAMH was a light in a dark place…” (client)

“As a GP, I understand the contributions FDAMH makes to our local community… (referrer)

“For years I went round in circles. (They) helped me see that the past wasn’t my fault and that with all the stresses of my kids being in hospital I was doing the best I could and I had to stop being so hard on myself…”. (client)

Outcomes for clients include returning to employment, securing and maintaining a tenancy, children being returned to family from foster care and preventing children being removed from family home.

Key additional support for the service has been provided by The Bank of Scotland Foundation. They have awarded the Family Support service £14,132 for the core running costs of the Service.

This funding will aid the service to develop and strengthen the links they have with existing referrers and families that use our service.

Tag:Family/Carers Support
22/09/2017 at 8:32 am