We are currently accepting referrals for families based in Fenland who need support to:
- Improve child’s behaviour – build resilience and coping strategies, bonding with parent, enjoy play, social interaction with peers and other adults.
- Reduce isolation through volunteer support to enable access to social activities and health appointments.
- Improve child’s health and wellbeing to include healthy eating and exercise, self-awareness.
We have spaces for 1:1 home visiting for typically between three to six months support. We can also take families into our Wisbech group. Families are encouraged to develop independence and move on from the group so support is up to a maximum of three terms if required.
Hand in Hand project (Huntingdonshire)
This innovative project to join pre and post-natal pathways can provide 1:1 specialist counselling and / or home visiting support for mums based in Huntingdonshire where there is an identified need for support both before and after birth for mums with a range of complex maternal mental health needs. The project covers from perinatal to children up to the age of 2 years. The aim is to:
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Improved relationship between parent and baby
- Improve satisfaction with experience of parenting
- Improve coping mechanisms
- Improved developmental outcomes
- Reduce isolation
The number of counselling and home visiting sessions are negotiated with mum dependent on need to a maximum of 12 counselling sessions and 6 months of home visiting.
Enjoy and Achieve (Huntingdon, March, Wisbech and Chatteris)
Our latest exciting pilot project to offer parents support with their child’s language and literacy development. We can offer 1:1 home visiting or group sessions for parents to raise awareness, knowledge and confidence of their role as primary educator for children aged 0-6. The Enjoy and Achieve volunteers support parents and children to read an interesting age appropriate book and this is followed up by engaging activities related to the book. Typically families will be offered 16 weeks of support.
Big Hopes Big Future (South Cambridgeshire)
An exciting project set up to help families get ready for children starting nursery or school. We are able to provide enriching toys, books, crafts and other materials to help parents and children with a range of issues. This is targeted support covering anything from bedtime routines, eating and drinking unaided and using the toilet to coping with separation and accessing local services such as libraries and playgroups. Support typically lasts three to six months.
The group aims to help mums who are isolated and / or vulnerable to come together once a week during term time to build strong relationships, get advice and access services. The group:
- Offer activities and creative events for children
- Helps children socialise with peers
- Allows children to learn how to share (toys, snacks etc)
- Facilitates children and mothers singing and / or exercising together
The group is based in Chesterton but is for families across all 14 wards of Cambridge City. Families are encouraged to develop independence and move on from the group so support is up to a maximum of three terms if required.
For families that don’t fit into the other projects we offer 1:1 home visiting to support families that will benefit from early intervention. We work with families who are isolated, who are recovering from domestic abuse, have mental health issues, who experience multiple births, have a disabled child or are finding coping difficult for any reason and need some extra time limited help to form relationships with their child, to build resilience and to develop skills as well as to access services and other forms of support.