The Family Support initiative is enabling providers of family support services to share skills, knowledge and delivery models.
Family Support are managed by GMCVO.
Sharing skills, knowledge and delivery models
By bringing together VCSE organisations that support children and families, but have not historically worked together, we want to join up their expertise and build a GM-wide network of family-centred support. This aim is to address surges in issues where there is little or no joined up provision and bring about more symmetry in highest quality provision across Greater Manchester (GM).
We know that there are pockets of good practice across GM with many individual projects hugely benefiting families within localities.
This initiative aims to develop an ongoing community of practice whereby the sharing of skills, knowledge and well-evidenced support model leads to improved mental health and wellbeing for whole families.
Our recent survey and mapping exercise shows us that support for families in the 0-2 (and up to 5years) period in Rochdale, Bolton and Wigan is not as strong and varied as it is in other areas of Greater Manchester. Therefore, we are keen to work with VCSE groups in these areas to explore creative ideas of how to work in partnership together and with colleagues from across the Perinatal & Parent Infant Mental Health system to strengthen the community offer in these areas.
Funded by GM Health and Social Care Partnership, GMCVO is able to provide a grant of £30,000 per borough for one project to be delivered between September- December 2021. The funding can be used to establish perinatal support groups for families that may currently be excluded from existing provision, such as LGBTQ families; those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME*) communities or families who don’t live near the town centre. Funding can be used for staff or volunteer training, particularly to share expertise between organisations.
If you work in this field, either in the areas identified and/ or can offer expertise to partners already working in these areas, working in collaboration with them, then we would welcome your attendance at the following event on Thursday 15th July, 09.30.
To find out more about our work read our news story.