To help meet Priority 2 of the Allenton Big Local Plan (Improving Life Skills), we fund activities for families and children which are delivered by the Nacro Osmaston Family Project. Nacro provides activities and support to help local families become better equipped with the skills they need to look after and encourage their children and give them the best start possible.
The support focuses on families and children, aged 0 to 7 years who are identified or referred through links with local agencies, schools and health and social teams. Parents may also self refer.
Support is provided to enhance family relationships and encourage families to spend time together, taking part in activities that will have a long term benefit for the area. The service supports families within the home and through both one-to-one sessions and telephone contact to start to embed behaviour management techniques as part of a parenting programme. Support is also offered with things like completing applications for housing, and attending school appointments and professional meetings.
The benefits this service provides are perhaps best described by the parents and families that have received help from Nacro. Here are a few of their comments:
“They don’t tell you what to do and how to do it, they talk and discuss things with you, not AT you.”
“We’ve been shown new techniques in handling our son’s behaviour and attitudes.”
“It gave me the confidence to cope with my children and to understand how I need to talk to them.”
“They built my trust and confidence and did not judge me as a bad parent.”
“My worker discussed thing with me and explained things in a way I could understand.”
“I’ve been given the confidence to parent my sons better. It was good to have someone who was there for me who did not judge, but was fair and constant with her advice.”
“The help I got was just what I needed at the time. If I hadn’t had this help I don’t know what would have happened to my family. Thank you.”
“This is a great project that supports parents. I have friends who are desperate for the support but live out of the area. It is a shame that more people can’t benefit, but thank you anyway – it was great for me.”