Care and Learning Alliance’s Family Support Service
The Family Support service is available in Sutherland, Skye and Lochalsh and is delivered by coordinators and a team of volunteers. The support is given to a family in their own home, or outings with the children or family. In addition, we offer parent toddler support groups in four locations – Lairg, Portree & Kyleakin.
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What is Family Support?
The Family First service is available in Sutherland, Skye and Lochalsh and is delivered by coordinators and a team of volunteers. The support is given to a family in their own home, or outings with the children or family. In addition, we offer parent toddler support groups in four locations – Lairg, Portree & Kyleakin.
We provide a confidential support service to families where there is at least one child under the age of 5 years. A coordinator or volunteer will be matched individually and work with each family in a supporting, caring and appropriate manner. Our team are all family orientated and give their time and experience when it is suitable.
What does the Family Support service offer?
A family may need support due to:
- post natal depression
- feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, unhappy, perhaps as a result of multiple births or behavioural problems
- isolation (particularly rural)
- physical or learning disabilities (parent or child)
- illness or injury
- poverty or financial difficulties
Making a difference
We can make a real difference to families’ lives by offering emotional and practical support through:
- providing support through friendship, advice and encouragement
- helping the family to become involved with the local community / use amenities
- offering transport to attend groups, local events, appointments, etc.
- helping to establish routines, domestic guidance with cleaning or cooking, etc.
- playing with the children or encouraging the parent to play or read with their child
- sharing personal experiences of parenting and family life
- giving parents a break – a couple of hours respite from their problems
- signposting to other local services
- assistance to access benefits, grants and financial support
Who we are associated with
All our services are registered with the Care Inspectorate. We are active partners in the Getting it right programme. Our service is child focused and we endeavour to place the child at the centre of all our programmes.