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Home-Start Thanet is delighted to announce that we have been awarded almost £500k of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to deliver a four-year programme supporting local wellbeing.
The Embrace Programme - Strengthening Psychological Wellbeing - will make an enormous difference to local parents and children suffering with low mood, depression and anxiety.
Through the programme, trained volunteer mentors and skilled staff will offer weekly home visits, listening and guidance, with our non-judgmental support promptly and effectively delivered into the family home.
Home-Start Thanet will also offer the Embrace Counselling Service, a ten-week programme of one-to-one sessions in a safe nurturing environment. This will allow parents to take time out for themselves to talk through feelings and concerns that prevent them moving forward. As well as lifting their mood, it will also give them the tools and a new approach to deal with personal issues and change behaviours providing skills to cope with change and the demands they face.
Sharon Lewis, Executive Manager of Home-Start Thanet, said: "We are grateful for the continued support from the Big Lottery Fund. The next few years will give us an excellent opportunity to meet families that could have otherwise been lost without effective support, and help them to move forward towards a stronger personal and family life."
Families impacted by psychological issues has fast become one of the top reasons for referral with parents feeling emotionally overwhelmed, extremely stressed, tearful and fearful. Struggling to deal with their own emotional health can impact on how they interact with their partner, wider family and children. Going out becomes an obstacle, socialising is avoided and the sense of isolation and low mood increases rapidly.
There has also been a recorded increase in children as young as five displaying negative behaviours and anxiety/low mood. This new programme will guide with the transition period as the child leaves the home environment to start his/her exciting journey into nursery or school. We will also support parents to seek out professional assessments if required.
For additional information on the areas we cover and the range of services we provide please contact us or call us on 01843 609665.