The innovative Volunteers Supporting Families programme (formerly known as Volunteers In Child Protection) began in response to the death of Victoria Climbie. The first pilot projects were delivered in 2004 in Bromley and Sunderland. Since then VSF has delivered projects across England with volunteers supporting over 600 families in the past 2 years alone.
The projects recruit, train and match volunteers to mentor and support families with complex needs, such as alcohol or substance misuse, mental health and emotional well being and where children are at risk of significant harm through neglect. Volunteers make weekly visits to the families building up a strong relationship with the parent/s, listening to their problems and offering practical help.
Run in partnership with Council Social Service teams to target families most in need of support, VSF volunteers help keep families together and reduce the number of children on child protection plans and child in need plans. By improving parenting skills, reducing isolation and improving the quality of family life the reliance on social care services is also reduced.
Find out more about our VSF project in your area….
FOR GREENWICH CALL 0208 921 2008 OR EMAIL
FOR Southend CALL 01702 534262 OR EMAIL
FOR WALTHAM FOREST email us at:
TO READ ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE OF ONE OF OUR VOLUNTEERS, ADELE, CLICK HERE.