Hampshire County Council has awarded approximately £100,000 to 20 community organisations as part of the Local Authority’s Supporting Families Programme, enabling them to provide rapid additional support for vulnerable families affected by the Coronavirus crisis.
Councillor Judith Grajewski, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health, said:
It’s critical that we continue to provide support for those families who are particularly vulnerable – many of whom have been struggling during the pandemic. The grants will be used by organisations to boost the counselling and support available to help families across the county whose lives have been made even more challenging by the experience of the last few weeks.
The grants have been awarded as part of a small grants programme for sums of up to £10,000 for organisations who are able to quickly deploy support to families in need. The additional help includes support to enable organisations to move their counselling and support online, as well as providing practical assistance for vulnerable families.
The grants have been awarded to organisations across the whole of Hampshire including:
£3,980 to Oaktree Family Group in Gosport to supply vulnerable families with Early Years learning packs for children who cannot access educational materials/support/activities, and telephone support with parenting
£7,500 to Southern Domestic Abuse Service in Basingstoke to support children living in the Basingstoke Refuge with educational support
£8,554 to Home-Start Hampshire operating across East Hants, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hart, New Forest, Rushmoor and Winchester to provide online/telephone support to existing and new families with multiple and complex needs focusing on mental health and wellbeing and parenting support, as well as focus on educational activities to assist home-school engagement
£4,318 to It’s Your Choice in the New Forest to increase support for young people including an emergency helpline, online video calls and telephone support sessions to help combat anxiety and mental health issues, as well as the impact on family relationships.
Details of the grants awarded are available on the County Council’s website
Hampshire’s Supporting Families programme has helped to turn around the lives of more than 7,500 families across the county since it began in 2012, with more than 2,500 of these experiencing significant improvement in their circumstances.
The programme began in 2012, as part of a national initiative to support families facing multiple issues such as persistent unemployment, poor education, poor health, crime and antisocial behaviour, domestic violence and young people failing to thrive.
The programme takes a ‘whole family’ approach involving everyone in the family including grandparents, parents, young people and children. It allows families to build on their strengths while helping them to overcome some of the concerns, difficulties, challenges or obstacles they may have in their lives.