We help children and families who are going through challenges or crises. With our Social Work-qualified Centre Managers, committed Child & Family Support Workers and army of incredible volunteers, we work to support children, young people and families through trauma, exposure to domestic abuse, the effects of separation or divorce, destructive behaviour, financial difficulties, a child or parent with poor mental health or emotional wellbeing, practical difficulties, social isolation and everything else in between that can effect family life and the ability to parent.
Who We Are
We are Welcare, a charity that has been operating across South London and East Surrey since 1894. We provide practical and emotional support to children up to the age of 13 years old and their families. We deliver a range of targeted social work and family support services, parenting courses, group work programmes, and volunteer mentoring services for children and volunteer support for parents. We provide services in Greenwich, Bromley, East Surrey, Wandsworth, Richmond, Lambeth and Southwark.
In December 2016 we were given the disappointing news that due to budget cuts, our local authority funding for our Greenwich centre was being cut, leaving our services to families in that borough at risk of disappearing completely.
We were delighted to be awarded a 3 year grant by BBC Children in Need to fund a Children's Worker and lead our direct work with young people including MySpace, our domestic abuse treatment and recovery programme for young people. However, in order to ensure the safety and full capacity of services in the area, we desperately need to employ a dedicated Family Support Worker to support the wider family especially parents and carers. We need to two staff to deliver a safe and effective service supporting the whole family and provide the one-to-one and group work programmes for parents and a weekly drop-in for young people, practical and emotional family support, summer holiday activities, volunteer mentors for young people and volunteer family helpers for parents. One worker alone is unable to manage all the needs of families in this area of South East London.
25% of under-16's in the borough of Greenwich live in poverty, while Woolwich Common Ward, where one of our centres in located is among the most deprived in London. The rates of Child Protection Plans and children in care in the area remains higher than in any neighboring boroughs. There is also a huge number of domestic abuse incidents.
We want to build and develop our tried-and-tested Child and Family Support Service to help vulnerable families across the South East London boroughs of Greenwich and Bromley. In order to reach 170 more disadvantaged children and families in the area, we need to employ a dedicated Family Support Worker, to complement our soon-to-be-recruited Children's Worker (funded by BBC Children in Need).
Our tried-and-tested model consists of:
- targeted child and family support
- parenting groups and skills workshops
- MySpace - our 10 week programme for children exposed to domestic abuse and violence
- a weekly drop-in for children aged 8-13
- summer holiday activites
- volunteer mentors for young people
- volunteer family helpers
Our Child and Family Support Service has been proven to improve self-esteem, increase positive, improve emotional wellbeing, increase social resilience, reduce isolation and provide a preventative framework helping to break cycles of destructive and challenging patterns within families.
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