getset is about different organisations working together to make sure the right support is available to families at the right time in the right place. There are lots of examples of where this is already happening and under getset we want to see this happening everywhere.
The right support…
In Williton, as well as the usual support for the under fives the Children’s Centre is also providing great support for those looking to get back into work.
Every week a Jobcentre Plus advisor and St Loyes Charity worker hold a drop-in session.
Between them they can cover just about anything people need to know to help them get back into work, from benefits advice to writing a CV or finding volunteering opportunities.
The help is there regardless of whether you make use of any of the other support available through the centre. One-to-one appointments at home or in the centre can be also be arranged.
In the right place…
Every week a Stay and Play group meets at Rockwell Green Primary School, organised by the Wellington Children’s Centre.
The Monday morning sessions are at the school to make it easier for local parents to come without having to travel. They coincide with the start of the school day to fit in with parents dropping off older children and regularly attract many new parents and carers.
They are a chance for the children to play together and have fun. But just as importantly they encourage parents to meet each other and make friends who are also experiencing the joys and challenges of parenthood.
At the right time…
At the Reckleford Children’s Centre in Yeovil, the family support team is working closely with midwives and health visitors. Together they make sure young parents and parents-to-be in the area can get valuable support.
A midwife from the district hospital holds ante-natal clinics for young mothers and fathers-to-be at the centre, providing information, health checks and support. Following the clinics, centre staff and a health visitor jointly run a successful young parents group. It’s an opportunity to socialise, learn new skills and receive practical support. There is advice and help on subjects like parenting, housing, debt management and budgeting depending on what the group needs. The team can help you find further support as required, such as Mellow Parenting run by the Health visitor champion.