Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund

Year 3 Awardee

Parents Supporting Parents

Type of initiative funded: One to one


Key priority area: Addressing poverty & inequality


Funding awarded: £14991


Project description:

We will provide 1:1 home visiting support to 13 vulnerable parents, whose young families are on the verge of crisis and breakdown. Trained and supervised volunteers will visit each family weekly, for around 2.5 hours. Support will last on average a year. Referrals may come from health visitors, social workers, wellbeing hubs, or self. Emotional and practical support is customised for each family and may include: Listening, supporting, and encouraging; Helping set boundaries and routines, from breakfast to bedtime; Encouraging take-up of other services; Arranging a year’s subscription to CFine’s food pantry; Arranging specialist advice and help on debt and fuel poverty; Access to Home-Start support groups addressing healthy eating, perinatal infant mental health, and isolated families; Providing practical support to ensure medical and dental appointments are met; Arranging subscriptions for local groups; Providing winter jackets. All volunteers are carefully selected, trained, background checked, and supervised. A co-ordinator will regularly monitor and review progress with each family.