Family support has been defined as “both a style of work and set of activities; which reinforce positive informal social networks through integrated programmes; combining statutory, voluntary, community and private services, primarily focused on early intervention services across a range of levels and needs with the aim of promoting and protecting the health, wellbeing and rights of all children, young people and their families in their own homes and communities, with particular attention to those who are vulnerable or at risk” (Dolan et al, 2004).
Family life is not always easy. Life events like birth, death, depression, redundancy, separation, illness, abuse or financial problems can put stress and strain on family life and relationships. Family Support can help. Simply having someone to talk to about your problem can be the easiest way to begin to deal with your problem. There are many support groups for adults, teenagers, children and carers that give people the chance to tell their own stories and give support to each other. Specialist services provide support for domestic violence or child abuse.
The Family Support Worker offers one to one confidential meetings with families and individuals, offers the delivery of Meitheals, works with other organisations & agencies such as schools & Public Health Nurses to support families and individuals in the community.