Among the charities we have funded are:
Crossroads Derbyshire supports women, men, children and young people who suffer from or are at risk of domestic abuse in the High Peak and North Derbyshire Dales. It provides a special refuge provision for young women at risk and works with women and men to deal with immediate danger and put a safety plan in place.
The charity delivers services that meet the complex needs of families experiencing abuse and social exclusion. It supports people who leave abusive relationships and helps them develop the emotional and practical skills they need to improve their quality of life, develop more positive relationships and live free from abuse. Its holistic approach supports people to develop long-term improvements to their self-esteem, resilience and independent living skills.
The Kent-based charity supports children aged 5-16 who are experiencing serious emotional and behavioural difficulties, arising from trauma, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
The programmes take place on the charity’s farm and engage carers, siblings and the wider family, recognising the context and background to the child’s problems, and the importance of family relationships to bring sustainable change.
The charity provides information, advice, counselling and advocacy services to adults, children, young people and families affected by domestic or sexual abuse. Its work includes individual, family and group work, support through the criminal justice system, outreach and specialist support to diverse communities and those facing additional barriers to accessing help.
Yellow Door’s STAR programme provides preventative education and awareness-raising for children, young people and vulnerable adults as well as providing training to professionals.
The organisation reaches into the prisons, criminal courts and communities of Sussex to provide prisoners’ families with emotional and practical support.
The initial task is to support families through the complexities of the criminal justice system, helping them to understand the court system and the sentencing, and to find out which prison their loved one has been sent to. SPF advocates for families, and volunteers work at the HMP Lewes visitors’ centre to make the visiting experience more satisfactory for everyone concerned.
Outside the prison SPF has developed support groups and family activities for prisoners’ families, to reduce isolation and provide opportunities to connect to other families. The objective is to keep families communicating so that at the time of release, prisoners have a family to go to and an opportunity to rebuild their lives.
The group works with socially and geographically disadvantaged families experiencing stress or difficulty. Trained volunteers support families by providing practical and emotional help with parenting, offering respite, kindness, understanding and a listening ear.
The charity provides early intervention, working with each family as a whole yet enabling each family member to recognise their role in sustaining the family unit and contributing to the family and community. Family support plans are agreed and monitored, with outcomes identified by either the child or
their parent or carer.
Specific programmes for parents and children, to improve skills and resilience, are built into the support plans. This enables the family to flourish and feel worthwhile by recognising what they do best. There is also a Contact Centre to enable absent parents to maintain contact with their children.