The Children and Families Project seeks to holistically support the most vulnerable families across the county. We do this by combining casework, outreach projects and events to best support clients, help them connect with others and live with dignity and respect. We run a weekly women’s group, creating a safe space for clients to be part of a community and combat isolation while helping them gain new skills, have fun and relax. Each school holiday we also run activities for children to explore and play with peers and for parents to connect with their children and other parents.
Alongside these social events, we do one-to-one and whole family supportive casework to look at and help address the needs of all family members, no matter how long they’ve been in Nottinghamshire. We do outreach work with staff and students in schools to help generate more informed, supportive and open educational communities for our clients, and we do partnership work with healthcare professionals to reduce barriers to accessing appropriate healthcare.
A mum who came with her daughter to one of the events we organized:
“I don’t know how can I say thank you for yesterday. Honestly, we have been involving many difficulties for long time and I have not had any chance to take my daughter out and make her happy. Maybe it is unbelievable but it is one of my dream to take my daughter to cinema, farm, theatre and …. You made one of them come true🥰❤️“
Ahmed (age 7) told us:
“I am happy because I now have made friends, I was scared before and felt sad, thank you for this gift.”
Clients (parents and children) supported by the project
A single mother and her son, who is autistic and also has physical disabilities, were dispersed to Nottingham. The caseworker ensured the family were able to attend events and be part of the Children and Families Project. We supported the family to register for school places and worked closely with the local authority to ensure her son was allocated to an appropriate school where he would be supported in the classroom by way of 1-2-1 support through all his lessons by a special needs teaching assistant.
The caseworker also approached local and national agencies and the child was enabled to join support groups and take part in residential trips, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Furthermore, the child was able to make friends and was able to participate in activities as his confidence grew. The mother was able to also attend college and improve her English and make friends. She has advanced her skills and is now pursuing a course in bakery and hopes to open a bakery one day. As a result of our advocacy and support the family are now happy and settled in Nottingham.
She said: “Thank you for not treating us different and accepting us as human beings.”