Family Support Services

Research tells us that parenting is the single most important influence on a child’s life chances. Here at Four Acres and Bishopsworth Children’s Centres our aim is to support parents and carers so that they have the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding to build a strong family life which keeps children safe, healthy, happy and successful.

Our Family Support Team is led by Lindsay, who is supported by Nichola and Shelley. As a team we offer outreach work to families living in our reach area as well as providing groups, activities and courses.

 We believe that you know your child best and like all parent/carers you want what is best for your child, we do not have all the answers, but we can help you find them by:

  • Offering support and advice on parenting,
  • Activities and services through home visiting and groups,
  • Offering a listening ear
  • Meeting with you face to face at home, at your local Children’s Centre, or a place that suits you.

Through our outreach work we can also provide support, resources and advice around a range of issues, including:

  • finding local groups for you and your child to attend
  • positive parenting and managing your child’s behaviour, helping you to understand your child’s development,
  • financial  difficulties/worries
  • support around transition points i.e. birth, settling into pre-school, school
  • support for parents wishing to return to education, employment or training
  • working with parents/carers to manage their own well-being and to build their confidence

Working with you a tailored support package can be devised to help you meet your individual family’s needs. If you are interested in finding out more about the one-to-one support that we offer please call us on 0117 9060460 and ask to speak to a member of the family support team. You can also complete a self-referral form and drop this into our centre and a member of the family support team will make contact with you.

We run a variety of free groups throughout the week, at various venues that cover a range of activities. Some groups, such as Play & Stay and Let’s Get Messy, are open to everyone and are a great opportunity to meet other parents and help your child learn to socialise with other children.  Some groups have a more specific focus, such as Fun with Food, which supports parents to wean their child, and Bluebell Mum’s Comfort Zone, which supports mums suffering with postnatal depression. See our Timetable Mar - Jun 2016.docx for more information about the groups that we have on now.

Throughout the year, we work in partnership with Learning Communities in order to hold free courses for our families living in our reach area. For more information about courses that we have coming up please see our New & Events page or call us on 0117 9060460.

Our Advice, Information & Guidance Worker Rachel Allsop is available to help with financial issues, such as information on Childcare funding or Working Tax Credits. To make an appointment with Rachel, please call 0117 3574192, access this link to complete an online referral form or email Rachel askcyps@bristol.gov.uk

 

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