“10 Top Tips for supporting parents with mental health issues.”
A huge thank you to our Trustee Venetia Young for delivering extremely useful mental health training sessions and contributing to our practice development.
Thanks also go to Enterprise Answers for providing us with a wonderful Training Room at The Office on Mardale Road.
Fun and games in Carlisle
Our Risk and Resilience group for children aged 9-12 and Best Buddies group aged 6-8, are now into their second week. Children from communities in and around Carlisle come together to enjoy weekly after school games and activities, to help improve their self-esteem and build emotional resilience.
The groups, run by Dan Nicholson our Carlisle based Family Support Co-ordinator, provide an opportunity for children to express themselves and develop improved social skills and confidence. Our fun packed sessions cover a range of topics including: Internet safety, bullying, relationships and trust.
Working in Workington!
Our pilot project in Workington has been busy gathering pace across the local community. Fairs and events have put us in touch with new volunteers who are all now going through their induction and training, ready to support families from March. Word has spread about our work amongst the Education and Health Team`s in the area and referrals for children and family support are already aligned for our team. We are so pleased to have the expertise of our Family Support Co-ordinator Val McQuillin who joined us in October last year to develop the reach of our work into the West of the County. Her knowledge and experience of Social Care and the Voluntary Sector have been a huge benefit to our Workington Project.
Visit from The High Sheriff
On Friday 9th February we were very pleased to welcome The High Sheriff of Cumbria, who visited our charity to learn more about the work we do to help children and families in Cumbria.
Even more exciting news arrived on Wednesday 21st February when we learnt that we had been chosen to receive a “High Sheriff Award” which will be presented to our charity on Wednesday 21st March.
Behind the scenes at ECFSA….
On a day to day basis the tasks and milestones that we achieve to ensure children families receive the help and support they need, often go unnoticed. But it is the behind the scenes work that helps keeps our service going.
For our most recent annual review, we took some time to reflect on the work that underpins our support for children and families, here are some interesting stats from 2017: