Faith in Families’ exciting Brighter Futures project is giving children opportunities to be the best they can be.
The Brighter Futures Project has grown and adapted through a multitude of methods to continue providing quality support for children, young people and their families. The project continues to work with children on a one-to-one basis who are identified as having emotional/behavioural challenges which affect many aspects of their lives, this has included their home and school lives, relationships with their peers and families as well as having an impact on their academic achievements.
A large majority of children that we are currently working with have experienced a variety of disadvantage including chaotic home lives, parents without the capacity to help with school work, no private space, family separations, non-working families on benefits with high debts, family members with addictions, parents with little or no interest in the importance of spending quality time together, having low aspirations for themselves or their children.
Research has proved that adverse childhood experiences can affect the developing brain, immune and endocrine systems. Due to the high level of stress in their environment, children who experience more adverse events are more likely to develop behaviours that are harmful to health, such as smoking, drinking alcohol or antisocial behaviour.
Our engagement team has been able to provide bespoke 1-2-1 interventions for children who require extra support with: Understanding and managing strong emotions, processing traumatic events, attachment difficulties, anxiety, self-esteem, family relationships, to name just a few.
We have a team of eight engagement workers to deliver intensive support, play and learning activities for children and their parents together, building relationships using a variety of engagement tools with the child and the parent/carer.
“Just over four years ago at FIF projects we were seeing more and more children becoming disengaged, and research proved that a number of children deemed as challenging were having difficulty being included in services in their communities”
“We consulted with families, local schools and partner agencies and drew together the plan for an engagement project called Brighter Futures. Due to funding cuts, preventative services are under pressure, and children that are neither in crisis or well cared for are being forgotten, but not by us.”
“We were thrilled to have the financial support to start and develop this project that adds value to our current services, and more importantly brings laughter, fun and enables children to have the opportunities to be the best they can be.”-Faith in Families CEO Cherrie Bija
Click below read our Brighter Futures Project Evaluation reports:
Brighter Futures Evaluation report 2022 – COMING SOON
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