Below is a list of the voluntary and community sector organisations in Gloucestershire who are currently supported by the PLCT.
The Churn Project
The Churn Project is a small, grassroots charity working alongside the people of Cirencester to improve quality of life and well-being; in particular offering support to the communities of Watermoor, Chesterton and Beeches.
PLCT funding is being used to introduce ante-natal education and to provide on-going support for parents to give their children the best start in life. This includes ante-natal sessions and the delivery of the Mellow Bumps programme for more vulnerable families; continued provision of New Baby New Life services for first time parents/care givers with babies up to the age of 9 months and support from the Families Matter groups for parents with children aged 9 months to 3 years. www.churnproject.org.uk
Cirencester Opportunity Group
Cirencester Opportunity Group is an independent charity providing integrated education for preschool children and support for their families.
PLCT funding supports the provision of the Early Intervention (EI) Outreach service and a weekly timetable of sessions for children aged 0-3 and their parents, with a common aim of supporting disadvantaged children to give them the best possible start in life. www.opportunity-group.co.uk
The Family Haven
The Family Haven is located in the centre of Gloucester and provides a comprehensive level of support to pre-school aged children and their immediate family.
Grant support from the PLCT is used to support the increasing demand for 1:1 educational nursery sessions for children with special educational needs. The PLCT grant is also used to support a healthy meals programme, family day trips and respite sessions. www.thefamilyhaven.com
Family Space is based in Hester’s Way within West Cheltenham. Family Space aims to: encourage family relationships, especially between parents and children; develop people’s appreciation of themselves and their families, giving a sense of hope; ensure the welfare of the whole family by encouraging them to nurture and develop loving, healthy relationships; provide opportunities for parents and children to enjoy time together and on their own in a safe environment.
PLCT funding supports weekly sessions of Stay and Play sessions for parents and their preschool children: weekly session of a referred into baby group for parents and their prenatal babies, until transition into Stay and Play: on going support specifically for parents and their preschool children; monthly Dad’s and children’s group and a weekly specific interactive activity for Dad’s and their 0-3’s at the Cheltenham Child Contact Centre to encourage interaction and form positive father/ child relationship. www.familyspace.org.uk
Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre
Serving the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas, the centre provides support services to children from pre-birth to age 7 who have a special need and their families, promoting full inclusion.
Funding from PLCT is being used to support and expand the Early Years Support Programme aimed at families with babies with special needs. www.childoc.org.uk
G11 Community Hub
GL11 Community Hub is a growing community centre based in Cam, Gloucestershire, serving Cam, Dursley and surrounding villages. Their mission is to support all local residents to meet, develop and gain confidence by inspiring hope and providing a springboard for opportunities to create an economically and socially thriving local community.
PLCT funding supports the delivery of the Parenting through Play programme, which focuses on nature/outdoor play to develop relationship between parent and baby/toddler and improve family mental/emotional wellbeing. Also the delivery of the HENRY parenting programme, along with baby/toddler sessions and additional support for parents. www.gl11.org.uk
Homestart Cotswolds and Homestart Stroud District
Homestart provide support to families with children under 5 who are experiencing a range of complex and profound difficulties. Carefully matched volunteers are trained to visit families in their homes on a weekly basis, providing support and helping ensure that both parents and children can access the full range of support services available to them.
The PLCT is funding this joint bid between Homestart Stroud District and Homestart Cotswolds to deliver The 0-3 Early Intervention Project. This project will support 30 to 35 families a year with children 0-3, across Stroud and Cotswold District Council areas, where there are significant risk factors to the child-parent relationship. www.homestartsd.org www.home-start-cotswolds.org.uk
Monkscroft Pastoral Care Project
Monkscroft Pastroal Care Project provides a range of support service to parents and young children in the west of Cheltenham. PLCT funding helps to provide individual support to vulnerable young people aged 5-11, specifically where there are issues around anger management, sociability and emotional literacy. Additional support is provided to families through an assessment and home visiting process.
North Cotswolds Perinatal Community Interest Company
North Cotswold Perinatal Community Interest Company is a not for profit company registered with companies house. Their community interest statement reads ‘The company’s activities will provide benefit to families in the North Cotswold district who would benefit from support around providing a secure emotional and social foundation for their children, aged conception to 2 years. This support will be in the form of ante & postnatal groups over a 13 week period based on evidence based programs. The families that will benefit will have had experience of perinatal mental health problems, bereavement, domestic abuse, financial hardship, removal of children by the court, drug and alcohol abuse or teenage parents. Families can be referred for the courses by doctors, midwives, health visitors, Homestart & other VCS groups or self-refer.’
The PLCT grant is funding a 12 month perinatal project in the North Cotswolds covering postcodes GL55, GL56 and GL54. This pilot project will deliver 3 cycles of the Solihull Approach Antenatal Parenting group (Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby) and the Solihull Approach Postnatal Plus Parenting Group (Understanding your baby).
Stroud Beresford Group
Stroud Women’s Refuge offers help, advice and support to families affected by domestic abuse. Support from the PLCT will help provide refuge and outreach services to reduce harm caused by the impact of domestic abuse on young children (aged 0-3). www.stroudwomensrefuge.org
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