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Annual General Meeting 2021

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The Trust held its AGM on 2nd December 2021, with all Trustees and Trust Manager present.

Here is a copy of the Chair’s report.

‘Firstly, thank you to Diane, Trust Manager, for all her efficient work over the last year, especially in keeping the Trustees coordinated and liaising with all our funded projects. Also, thank you to every Trustee for contributing their time and expertise to the functioning of the Trust; this had to be largely online rather than face to face, and overall has gone smoothly. In spite of all the pandemic related difficulties, the Trust has enhanced the well-being of a significant number of vulnerable families and their young children within the county, many made more vulnerable by lockdown. We have seen the level of need here significantly increase from the descriptions in the Quarterly Monitoring returns. For instance, the reduction in availability of health visitors has meant that some projects are picking up more undiagnosed developmental delay.

Our portfolio of investments, and income source, continue to be managed by Rathbones and monitored by Trustees, Steve and John. This is deemed to be performing satisfactorily, consistently above the benchmark, especially given the financial situation over the last year. Although Peter Lang Publishers was liquidated and sold on, and in theory the Trust was owed some remaining funds as a creditor, the remaining sum that was due has been written off by our Auditors as a bad debt, as we have been told that further payment is very unlikely.

This year marked another grant round with the re-application of two existing projects and another new application refused on the grounds of a lack of evidence base to back up the proposal.

For the first third of the year projects were again working under the conditions of lockdown, unable to meet directly with parents and children. All successfully adapted to this, as before turning to creative ways to enable them to continue to support the families who had engaged with them by using online facilities such as telephone, social media and Zoom for groups. All Homestart projects had to move over to these ways of working once more, as it was impossible to continue with their usual home visiting; although a return to normal has now mostly occurred. Several centres with suitable premises were able to continue seeing a few clients face to face, while still following government guidelines. With the gradual lifting of Covid-related restrictions we have now seen them all return to face to face working. However, many of the groups have seen a reduction in numbers compared to pre-lockdown as some potential participants continue to feel anxious. All of these measures in response to lockdown helped parents across the county feel less isolated and more supported.

It is widely reported that this period of enforced social isolation was putting a great deal of stress upon families and children, and throughout this year most projects have noted a growth in mental illness and domestic violence. The increased pressure on statutory services, such as social care and mental health also contributed to a surge in demand across the voluntary sector. The full return to face to face working was a slow affair across the county, as many parents remained anxious about the risk of infection and the psychological and social consequences of lockdown linger on. However, those who were able to run outdoor summer schemes of one sort or another reported how much these were appreciated by all involved.

Most of our projects, not all, have adopted at least one recognised outcome measure since we have put more emphasis on this. The grid that sets the list of PLCT desired outcomes against assessment measures has been used to varying degrees of efficiency over the last year; an improvement on previous, but there is still some was to go to attain consistency across all projects.’

Grant Funding for 2022 – closed

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The deadline for Expression of Interest applications has now passed. If you submitted an application, you would have been informed of your application status.

Grant funding for 2022

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Our grant round (for funding to begin in January 2022) is now open for Expression of Interest applications.  The deadline is 6th May 2021.

Please see our ‘How to apply’ page for more information and application forms.

Grant funding for 2020 – closed

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The deadline for Expression of Interest applications has now passed.  If you submitted an application, you would have been informed of your applications status.

The next grant round will launch in Spring 2021.

Grant funding for 2020

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Our grant round (for funding to begin in January 2020) is now open for Expression of Interest applications.  The deadline is 7th May 2017.

Please see our ‘How to apply’ page for more information and application forms.

Keeping Fathers in the Frame conference

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Thank you to all the delegates and speakers who attended our very successful ‘Keeping Fathers in the Frame’ conference on Friday 9th June.

The presentations from the day can be found on our ‘Conferences and events’ page and will be available until 17th July.

Grant Funding for 2018 – closed

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Our current grant funding round has now closed for Expression of Interest application forms.  Thank you to all the projects who applied.

Our next funding round will launch in Spring 2019, with funding for successful applicants starting in January 2020.

Conference – **Book your place now**

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Our conference ‘Keeping Fathers in the Frame’ is being held on Friday 9th June at Hallmark Hotel, Gloucester.

We have some fantastic speakers lined up:

  • Mellow Parenting
  • Stuart Hannah
  • Judith Rees – Healthy Relationships/Healthy Baby programme
  • Sebastian Kraemer
  • Karen Kilner & Sarah Cook
  • Tessa Biddlington & Laura Kavanagh – The Turnabout programme

Full programme is available here PLCT conference programme

Complete and return a booking form to save your place Booking Form

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Grant Funding for 2018

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Our grant round (for funding to begin in January 2018) is now open for Expression of Interest applications.  The deadline is 4th May 2017.

Please see our ‘How to apply’ page for more information and application forms.

PLCT conference – ‘Keeping Fathers in the Frame’

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The next PLCT conference is being held on Friday 9th June, 9am – 4.45pm at the Hallmark Hotel, Matson Lane, Gloucester GL6 4EA

£50 per delegate

To book a place, please complete and return a conference booking form

A full programme is available here PLCT conference programme

Speakers include:

Raquib Ibrahim and Alan McMasterBringing Dad into the family picture’. This presentation will take you on a journey of how Mellow Parenting saw there was a need for a father-specific attachment-based early intervention parenting programme, and then developed this to be used to support father-child relationships across Scotland. As response to need, the programme has also gone on to be piloted in prisons. The presentation will share evaluation findings from the community groups and prison pilots and will discuss some of the successes and challenges when working with fathers. (Raquib Ibrahim is Evaluation & Research Officer and Alan McMaster is Development Officer at Mellow Parenting)

Stuart Hannah‘Thinking about the ‘good enough’ fathers in the twenty first century: What they do to promote healthy development and what can we do to promote healthy development in them?’ Stories from theory and practice. (Stuart Hannah is a social worker and a child and adolescent psychotherapist based in Leeds)

Judith Rees‘Three ways a new innovative ‘Healthy Relationships: Healthy Baby’ Programme works with new fathers and Domestic Abuse’. This presentation will be about how HRHB is a new innovative whole family intervention working with co-parents aimed at protecting babies from the impact of domestic abuse and breaking harmful patterns in relationships, helping them make sense of their own childhood by overcoming childhood trauma whilst promoting sensitive and attuned parenting leading to secure parent-infant attachment from their baby’s early development in pregnancy up to age 2. Case studies will be used to illustrate how the programme is being effectively delivered to fathers including how Video Interactive Guidance (VIG) provides fathers the opportunity to make changes in their relationships to provide their babies the best possible start in life, to live in a safe, secure and loving environment where they can flourish.  (Judith Rees is the Director of the Healthy Relationships: Healthy Baby Programme. The Stefanou Foundation)

Sebastian KraemerAre Fathers Optional?  From Palaeolithic to Psychoanalytic Perspectives’ Humans evolved multiple caregiving of infants, allowing for greater socialisation and reflective capacity. Amongst the extra parents are biological fathers, whose existence is uniquely interesting to children as soon as they know how babies are made. The paternal function – a third position – is not biological and may be carried out by other adult figures, including the mother herself. (Sebastian Kraemer was an NHS consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for 35 years. His latest essay on fatherhood is ‘Narratives of fathers and sons: ‘there is no such thing as a father’ – sebastiankraemer.com)

Karen Kilner and Sarah Cook‘Using volunteers to enhance engagement of fathers in the perinatal period.’  This presentation covers preliminary findings from an ongoing project on of the development and delivery of specialist training of volunteers to work with fathers.   The aim is to increase the engagement of fathers in the perinatal period and to promote parent infant mental health for fathers.  The main innovation is a training package and development of resources to enhance volunteer home-visiting support and group support to vulnerable families, which specifically engages fathers. The training is based on psychoanalytic, attachment, developmental and neurobiological theories relating to the perinatal period.  It also covers post-natal depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions in fathers, and of the stress placed on fathers who are also carers for a partner suffering with a mental health condition.  Volunteers are encouraged to think of dynamic and active ways of engaging fathers during weekly home-visiting support to families, as fathers are often sidelined.  (Karen is a specialist health visitor in the Tameside Parent Infant Mental Health Early Attachment Service and Sarah is CEO of Home Start in Tameside)

Tessa Bidlington and Laura Kavanagh‘The Turnabout Programme: Developing empathy in fathers who have used harmful behaviour towards their partners.’  This is a community programme for men who have abused their female partners. Most participants are reluctant to engage. Significant change can be facilitated when men begin to understand how their abusive behaviour affects their children.  Most participants have a background of maltreatment in childhood and the journey through the programme can be challenging and life-changing.  (Tess Biddington is a freelance trainer and consultant and established the programme in Gloucestershire in 2013.  Laura Kavanagh is the current programme coordinator.  Both have worked in the field of domestic abuse for many years)