Vulnerable children to benefit in new scheme

By Ian Dipple 05/04 Updated: 12/04 12:06

VULNERABLE children across Pershore growing up in difficult family circumstances are set to be targeted as part of a new project.

Vestia Community Trust is leading the scheme which will provide joined-up support and earlier intervention for families with multiple and complex problems.

It is being funded through a £900,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Improving Futures Programme and another £100,000 from Worcestershire County Council. A range of organisations are involved including the county council, EPIC Community Interest Company, Worcester Community Trust and Onside Advocacy.

About 100 families across the town and neighbouring Worcester and Redditch will benefit from the project which will give tailored support to the individual needs of families and build on existing family strengths to help children achieve their full potential.

A family worker will help deal with any immediate issues while drawing up a plan to look at positive changes the family want to achieve and any barriers preventing them from making them. The plan will then be used to get the help and support the children and parents need such as counselling or debt advice.

Nick Parker, from Vestia, said: "Too often families cannot get the help they need, when they need it. By giving families more control over the process, they can ensure they get the right support, at the right time, in the right way. When we consulted families about this project, the services they identified included family counselling, parenting courses - and one child wanted extra tutoring to help him catch up in class. Through this project we can offer practical support that the family know will help them get back on their feet."

John Taylor, The Big Lottery Fund's head of the West Midlands region, said: "Vestia Community Trust and its partners are focused firmly on improving the well-being and life chances of young children by supporting their families. Too many families in difficult circumstances still don’t know who to turn to for help. By mobilising all those who can help at a local level in a coordinated way, this project will improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in Worcester, Redditch and Pershore."

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