£24,578 over one year to Family Lives for their Befriending for Parents project. This project aims to support parents who are struggling to engage in their children’s education by providing weekly advice, emotional support and practical assistance from volunteer befrienders. Families with the most complex needs will receive additional one-to-one advice from paid project staff with referral to external agencies as appropriate. Group workshops will respond to rising parental demand for advice on addressing bullying and cyber-bullying.
We've made a grant of £22,435 over one year to School Home Support to improve parental engagement at secondary school. A specialist family support practitioner (0.8 FTE) will be based at City Heights Academy and will work intensively with a small case load of families identified by the school as requiring significant additional support to engage with their child’s education.
£75,000 over three years to Streatham Drop-in Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees for its Homework and Family Learning Project. It provides homework support with literacy and numeracy for primary school age children, plus advice, advocacy and training focused on supporting their children's education for parents.
£22,069 over one year to Windmill Schools Cluster for a Parental Engagement programme involving low income parents from Holy Trinity, Jublilee, Orchard, St Jude’s, Sudbourne Primary Schools and City Heights Academy. This programme includes Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) training, ESOL lessons and educational support sessions for Spanish/Portuguese speaking pupils and parents and facilitating a Cluster Parents Forum producing an "Activities Guide" for low income families.
£50,000 over two years to Home-Start Lambeth for their Resilient and Ready Project. The project will provide specialist volunteer support to vulnerable parents on a low income with at least one child under the age of five where barriers to the children’s development and achievement have been identified by referrers (social workers/health visitors). Volunteers will work with the families for 2 - 3 hours per week to identify where changes may be needed and help them develop strategies to do so. Volunteers will spend time playing and interacting directly with the children, aiding their development. They will teach strategies for behaviour management, model play and showing parents the importance play has on preparing the child for school.
£72,985 over three years to EFA London for their Learn Together programme which provides ESOL for parents to support their children's education. This training will improve primary school parents’ understanding of the English education system and develop the language skills needed to communicate with schools and support their children’s learning. Lessons specifically aim to develop practical English skills and social integration and also include training on how to access mainstream institutions and services ranging from financial to employment. This training will run in four Lambeth Primary Schools.
£12,000 over one year to Bonneville Primary School to pilot the Families First project. This aims to provide integrated family support for low income parents, particularly those who have poor English language skills. There are a mixture of workshops targeting engagement with education, ESOL, debt/benefits support and employment opportunities. The school will also run parent/child trips to museums to encourage parents to utilise the free cultural facilities in London. This project will focus (but not exclusively) on Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupils.
A grant of £18,298 over one year was awarded to Home-Start Lambeth's Start Right Project. The project will provide specialist volunteer support to 20 vulnerable parents on a low income with at least one child under the age of five where barriers to the children’s development and achievement have been identified by referrers (social workers/health visitors). Volunteers will work with the families for 2 - 3 hours per week to identify where changes may be needed and help them develop strategies to help them do so. Volunteers will spend time playing and interacting directly with the children, aiding their development. They will teach strategies for behaviour management, model play, showing parents the importance play has on preparing the child for school as they can experiment with imagination and social situations. Volunteers will introduce them to educational activities such as songs, rhymes, and reading stories.
We have made a grant of £59,161 (over three years) to the Streatham Drop-in Centre for Refugees. The award funds a Family Learning Project which gives homework support with literacy and numeracy for primary school age children plus advice, advocacy and training on UK education for their parents. The project will include homework support delivered by a qualified teacher on Saturdays and workshops for parents on the education system and how best to support their children within it. The Family Learning Worker will also provide advice to individual families including the provision of advocacy with schools and other agencies.
We have awarded a grant of £59,854 over three years for Family Lives' new Parents Together in Lambeth programme. The programme will focus on early years and will provide a range of parenting skills groups, individual support and courses for parents including 'Helping Children Learn', 'Bringing Up Confident Children’, and ‘Let’s Play’.
A grant of £52,250 over three years to Morley College for its Parent Champion family learning project. Click 'read more'
A grant of £59,851 over three years to deliver a volunteer peer-support training and outreach programme to target parents of children from deprived backgrounds whose attendance and attainment could be improved through greater parental involvement.
Grant of £31,141 over 2 years to the Start Right Project to provide specialist volunteer help for families with exceptionally complex needs.
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