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Family Lives Westminster Outreach Service


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Parenting Videos

Here are some parenting videos families can access:

https://www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/parentchannel-tv/ 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpGvO-Wj0EcEZpM5luobs1g YouTube channel.

We also have a National helpline and email support service you can access:

Free confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222

Email us for support at askus@familylives.org.uk

Online advice, peer support and information on all aspects of family life at www.familylives.org.uk

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Family Lives offers a menu of services within Westminster and at the core of our service is the Outreaching to the community. We have a flexible and responsive approach, work alongside many other professionals and services to get the right support for families. We home visit or meet at a place of convenience and have workers and volunteers who speak various languages. Early Help Hubs in Westminster are places where children 0 - 19 years old and their families can have access to integrated services and information.

Families often seek support with:

  • Housing
  • Parenting
  • Material grants and financial support
  • Childcare and nurseries
  • Adult education, training and employment
  • Relationship issues/Domestic violence
  • Isolation & Depression and many other issues.

 We are based within Children’s Centres in 3 main hub areas of Westminster:

  • North East Locality - Portman Early Childhood Centre – Contact the team on  07713708530 Referrals to Raisa RasiaR@familylives.org.uk
  • North West Locality - Queen's Park Children’s Centre- Contact the team on 020 7641 5838 / 07707889638  Referrals to Kyriaki KyriakiB@familylives.org.uk
  • South Locality - Churchill Gardens Children’s Centre- Contact the team on 020 7641 5923/ 07713708527 Referrals to Ouassila OuassilaM@familylives.org.uk

Family Support

Families with children under 5 or a pregnant mother can self-refer or professionals can send in a referral with the permission of the family. Please send Outreach referrals to the appropriate Senior Outreach Workers above.

Outreach Service:

The core functions of the Outreach Service is to act as a ‘Gateway’ for families:

  • Providing support and information through home visiting
  • Engagement
  • Consultation and Involvement

What Families say: Mum: “I don’t know how to thank you; it is because of you I am out of the house now”.

Dad: “I don’t mind if my wife goes with you anywhere as you are the only one she trusts and because she trusts you I trust you also. I didn’t know that there is someone who can offer the support you do”.

 2 Year Offer of free nursery 

The team also support eligible families in applying for a free 2 year place at a local nursery. If you need support please call one of the teams above or go onto the nursery section.

Our Befriending Service offers:

We are offering 4 Befriending services with trained volunteers provided to support families referred to the project by either the Outreach Team or other professionals outside the organisation. Families are given emotional and/or practical support. Before a volunteer is matched with the family an Outcome Star assessment is completed where clear aims and objectives are agreed with the family. This is reviewed regularly to ensure families are getting the right support and our service is meeting their needs. The FLS team also link families to our activity programmes in the local area. Please refer to the Befriending brief document for more information and details on support offered.

  1. Befriending Volunteer Service for Families with children 0-5 years - up to 6 months support and 1-4 hours a week/ For further information contact our Senior Volunteer Development officer Venesha Patel on: VeneshaP@familylives.org.uk / 07879687144
  2. Befriending Volunteer Service for Families with children 5-16 years - up to six months support and 1-2 hours a week/ contact John Morris Volunteer Development Officer on:   JohnM@familylives.org.uk  / 07870 486887
  3. Befriending volunteer service for Early Help Team referrals only (families with 0-16yr children)- upto 4 months support and 1-2 hours a week. contact Lana Al-Waily Volunteer Development Officer on:   LanaA@familylives.org.uk / 07713708524
  4. Befriending Volunteer Service for Families with children 4-11 years in CHURCH STREET/PADDINGTON GREEN/ST JOHN'S WOOD area ONLY (Family Learning Support (FLS) team) and access to Family Learning Programmes upto six months support 1-2 hours a week/ Contact Befriending Team Leader, Michelle Caesar: MichelleCa@familiylives.org.uk / 07713708540

 

Young People’s Support Service offers:

  1. Provide 1:1 support to YOUNG CARER'S aged 10-15 years old who have some form of caring responsibilities. Parent/Carers will also receive family support separately from the child.
  2. Facilitate a holiday focused fun group sopen to any young person also aged 10-15 years old across the borough (times and venue vary) If you would like to refer a young person to our service or are a young person wanting support please email Lana Al-Waily on lanaa@familylives.org.uk  /  07713708524 refer into our service please fill in the form and return via email to the correct staff member.

 

ParentChild+ 

The Programme is 'targeted intensive intervention' with focus on parent/child attachment within the home. The ParentChild+ (previously known as Parent Child Home Programme) is a well-evidenced, US-based programme, focussed on working one to one with parents over a sustained period in their home environment.  The model - which has been running in the US for over 50 years - is based on twice-weekly home visits, for up to two years, by trained home visitors. Every family receives at least 92 home visits over the course of the programme. See how it works in practice here: ParentChild+ America Please also see our presentation on downloads. The child receives a free high-quality book or educational toy each week with at least 46 new books and toys. Any child from 15 months - 24 months identified as behind in thier developmental milestones particularly in relation to speech and language, or social and emotional development and living in the areas below could be eligibale for the programme. Contact the programme coordinator Nia Bellot to discuss further on 07860 184 906 / niab@familylives.org.uk and Please email referrals to; parentchildplus@westminster.gov.uk (Council's secure email). Referral can be downloaded. 

City of Westminster wards: Queens Park and Church Street

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea wards: Notting Dale, Golborne, Colville, St. Helen's and Dalgarno

 

 



Who to contact

Contact Name
Fatima Ahmed
Contact Position
Area Manager
E-mail
 FatimaA@familylives.org.uk
Website
Family Lives

Where to go

Name
Portman Early Childhood Centre
Address
4 Lilestone Street
Lisson Green Estate
London
Postcode
NW8 8TD
Notes

Portman is currently at a temporarly site in Lilestone Street until September 2021

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Families can self refer and use the referral form to the right and email the appropriate person on the instructions. Professionals can refer with the permission of the family.

Last Updated 05/11/2018

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