A PROJECT supporting young Uttoxeter mothers will now be offering its vital service to more families after being awarded a new contract.
Harvey Girls, which offers its services at Rocester Children’s Centre, has been awarded the two-year contract by Staffordshire County Council which allow its dedicated team to deliver family support to any family with a child under five in East Staffordshire.
The East Staffordshire Family Support service provides a range of activities focused on developing house-keeping, money management and parenting skills.
It also aims to develop confidence, aspirations and reduce isolation, accessing education, employment, training and volunteering opportunities and supporting families to access other relevant services.
Emily Vinall, senior project coordinator, said: “We deliver this under the Family Support Service umbrella through home visits and work alongside the family to provide early help with a targeted outcome based Needs Assessment and Support Plan to set and achieve goals for the parent and child.
“This includes one-to-one support with a dedicated caseworker, signposting and supported referrals, information, advice and mentoring.
“Within the first two months of the service we have begun supporting 70 families.
“Through our sessions Harvey Girls continues to offer support to young mums and mums-to-be aged 14 to early 20s, our work with dads under Dads 4 Dads to offer support to dads and dads-to-be.
“We aim to provide local support for young parents which develops their knowledge, awareness, key skills and confidence.
“This contributes to improving outcomes for children, young people and parents around their physical, social, emotional and mental health, empowering them to achieve their personal aspirations, resulting in economic wellbeing.
“We encourage our service users to bring their children to our sessions and run activities aimed at improving parent and child interaction.
“We also encourage and support our service users back into education and employment.
“Within our entire service we aim to support a total of 300 families.”
Harvey Girls was formed in 2004 as a support network for young mothers and the members named it after the first child to attend, which the mothers agreed on.
Two years ago, the group extended to offer the service for young fathers by starting Dads 4 Dads.
This allows fathers to bring along their children to the sessions and engage in activities, learn life skills and have peer support.
More information on the service is available at www.eaststaffordshirefamilysupport.co.uk