The Family Haven is a local charity which was formed in 1998. It supports children and families who are socially isolated and need emotional or practical help. This may be families who are living in temporary accommodation, or where there is domestic violence and child protection concerns, or mental health issues, drug and alcohol misuse or where English is an additional language and the family is new to the country.
Unlike other day care settings, we work with the family as a whole, providing both practical and emotional support. We recognise the importance of the holistic approach to achieve our aim of improving the family’s emotional well-being. Happy, confident, relaxed parents make for happy, confident, relaxed children.
We concentrate on building self-esteem by focusing on the positives whilst working on areas needing improvement. We offer a range of services which include a supervised nursery for the children, basic welfare advice, parenting classes, healthy eating sessions, alternative therapies, free second-hand clothing, talks and information sessions, and day trips for the families. These day trips give families a chance to socialize and to share new experiences with their child that they may not be able to afford otherwise. We also take the children and their families swimming in the warmer months.
We are fortunate to have a cook on site who prepares nutritious homemade meals for the families. This is something many of our families may not have the opportunity to access, especially when they are living in temporary accommodation.
As a charity we rely on donations of goods, resources, money and importantly time. We are governed by trustees who help run the Centre and give up their free time and offer professional advice and support. Volunteers help us in the nursery, in the kitchen and also in the office.
The families gain so much from attending The Family Haven. They often arrive feeling overwhelmed with life, scared and unsure of what to expect but within a short time they appear more confident and happier. They are able to develop friendships and access the help and support they need to get their lives back on track.
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