Family focused approach

Continuing our development of focused support, we aim to provide families with the tools they need to thrive during and after crisis. This is a referral only service for those who need it most. Open to families with school age children, we help to support the family unit in independence, normal after we have helped them leave homelessness behind with our move on project. the main aim of this work is to help develop those important family bonds and support integration into a new community.

Part of the project includes family play and bond sessions where the families can take part in activities together developing important bonding skills and interaction. At these events we invite guests and activity providers to run fun and exciting sessions the children may not otherwise have access too such as arts and crafts, party services, dance groups, learning and exploring, music, animals, sports and so on.

During the sessions, there will be opportunity for parents to engage with the team and receive any support or advice they need. Groups are based in convenient central locations.

Benefits of a family focused active play intervention

Early childhood provides a window of opportunity for the promotion of physical activity. Given the limited effectiveness of interventions to date for struggling families, new approaches are needed. Socio-ecological models suggest that involving parents as intervention targets may be effective in fostering healthier lifestyles in children.

Parent’s participation in sport and their physical activity levels, child’s sex, availability of media in the home and attendance at organised activities are significant predictors of sedentary (characterized by much sitting and little physical exercise) time and physical activity in this age group. A 10-week family focused active play intervention can significantly produce positive changes in sedentary time and total physical activity levels in young children. Moreover, children whose parents actively engage in less sedentary time and more physical activity suggest that parent’s activity habits are mediators of physical activity engagement in this age group.

Through our group we help encourage quality play centred time between parents and children, focusing on fine motor skills, educational play, active play, team building and promoting healthy lifestyles.

This leads to increased family bonding, mutual respect, enhanced motivation and willingness to improve one’s situation. Building bridges in families early on can significantly reduce the risk of future isolation and potential of family breakdown leading to possible homelessness.