Help & Support for Families in

Blaenau Gwent

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Additions Project

The Additions project, funded by the Big Lottery, will provide a support service to disadvantagedand at risk families, with children aged between 5 and 11, living in Blaenau Gwent.

The project will provide activities and interventions for both adults and children that aim to help them to overcome a variety of social barriers and issues specific to this age range.

The project will follow a three-pronged approach that ensures the need of the whole family are addressed, and offer support that focuses on:

  • Adult support
  • Child specific support
  • Parent and child together delivery
  • Adult support

This element will support parents to make a ‘real’ change and work towards overcoming issues causing instability at home. This in turn will improve and increase their parenting capacity.

Examples of these issues include:

  • The effects of poverty / unemployment on the family
  • Difficulties around maintaining home conditions and maintaining routines
  • Lack of parenting skills or the inability to impose rules and boundaries
  • Health and well-being concerns
  • Isolation and lack of confidence
  • Limited motivation, self-esteem, and aspiration

Adults will be supported to address these issues, or a combination of them, through services provided under the Home-Start Additions programme:

  • Key worker support
  • Volunteer support
  • Groups, events, and activities
  • Skills development service
  • Signposting and support to use other agencies
  • Child specific support

Primary school aged children whose families have been referred to the provision will be offered the opportunity to attend a variety of groups, events, and activities. These opportunities for socially disadvantaged children will provide them with a chance to improve their confidence, social skills, self-esteem, motivation, and resilience. The achievement of these skills and attitudes is key to the development of a healthy mind and is also a method of reducing isolation and overcoming and coping with adversity in family life.

To support these objectives a wide range of diverse interactive activities will be offered. Although not apparent to the children each session will have an ‘unseen’ social development aim.

Events on offer will include:

  • Arts and crafts session
  • Cooking skills
  • Sport
  • Educational / experience broadening visits
  • Team building activities
  • Imaginative play
  • Drama, music, and dance
  • Parent and child together sessions

HSBG is committed to improving the relationships in family particularly those between children and their parents / carers. To enable this, we will facilitate a variety of activities that encourage family interaction.

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