Tell us about Family Support Work?
According to Family Support worker Michelle, is a Sussex based charity that started as an adoption agency for the Diocese of Chichester in 1890. They’ve been working with children and families for 125 years and have a fabulous team of professional support workers plus a play team covering East and West Sussex.
What are its general aims?
Family Support Work aims to prevent family breakdown. It also offers preventative strategies to help them through difficult times such as parenting issues, divorce, separation and bereavement. Referrals come from a variety of sources. These include schools, health professionals, churches, G.P.s as well as self-referrals.
Family Support Work also offers those on low income, practical support such as toys at Christmas and food. It also provides supported breaks in residential centres in the Sussex countryside.
How long have you worked for the organisation?
Liz said ‘I have a professional background in social work and have worked for the organisation for 10 years.
What is the nature of your work?
My role is to assess a family’s needs and offer the appropriate services and assistance. Hence my job can take shape in many forms, such as 1-1 parenting or making referrals to other agencies as well as the use of a play team. This helps families find ways of interacting with their children through the medium of play. Every day is different and you never know what the day ahead will bring and it’s a challenging job and never boring!’
What skills do volunteers require?
‘Volunteers provide help with support activities. These include after school clubs, driving (which are always required), cooks for supported breaks, fundraisers and general helpers. We provide DBS checks and guidance.
We are always looking for volunteers and no qualifications are needed except a willingness to help those in need.’
For more information check out our website www.familysupportwork.org.uk or find us on facebook
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