Specialist Family Support

by Katie Donoghue in Burntwood, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Specialist Family Support

Total raised £50

£8,000 target 26 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 21st June 2024 at 4:40pm

Specialist family support aimed at children or young people with special educational needs or mental health needs, and their families

by Katie Donoghue in Burntwood, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

The Great Smiles Project is raising funds for our Specialist Family Support service, who will provide practical and emotional support to families in their home, and work together with other agencies to see positive outcomes for the children and young people.

Due to the impact of children and young people's special educational needs or mental health needs, families often have complex issues and barriers arising for them in multiple areas of their lives. Families will often have educational, employment, financial, housing, social, and emotional needs all at once, leading to parental burnout trying to deal with it all.

Our Specialist Family Practitioners will have knowledge, experience and expertise in working with children and young people with special educational needs and mental health needs. They will be able to work with families to build their understanding of their child/young person's needs, upskill them in managing their needs, as well as supporting the families with difficulties arising in education, barriers to employment, financial strain, seeking appropriate housing, and supporting them to find social activities that are suitable for their needs and wants.

It costs £800 per family to provide them with a full package of support lasting 6 months. Ideally, we would like to work with 65 families per year, but to get us started please support us to raise the first £8000 for our first 10 families!

Our project is called 'The Great Smiles Project' because we aim to see 'great smiles' on the faces of children and young people with special educational needs and mental health needs. 

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