At Canterbury, children and their families are at the heart of an encouraging and challenging environment, where everyone recognises and celebrates differences, actively communicates the importance of learning and believes that everyone can achieve.
Services for Families
The main aim of the Family and Community Team (Barnardos) is to provide a range of services to support families in bringing up their children.
We recognise that being a parent is not always easy and we believe that all parents and carers have the right to ask for and receive support without feeling guilty or embarrassed, or that they have failed.
We aim to provide a range of family support services which families living within our Centre reach can access at different times depending on need.
Such services include:
Stay & Play
Sessions are run twice weekly by trained staff for children under 5 years of age where they come and join in with fun activities and learn through play. We have a separate area set out within the room for non-mobile children to explore. It is a great opportunity for parents/carers to spend quality time with their child.
1:1 Family Support
We work together with families empowering them and giving them the confidence to get the most from family life, giving their children the best possible start. We aims to do this by completing a family outcome star with the family, this helps to identify any issues within the family. We then work together to plan a course of work to address the identified issues.
The Centre offers a range of adult training opportunities at varying levels these include Maths, English, Childcare and functional skills.
Family Links Nurture Programme is a 10 week course for parents with children aged 0-11 years. The programme promotes emotional health and well-being, relationship skills, positive communication and behavior management strategies.
Antenatal Family Links (FLAN)
The ‘Welcome to the World’ Programme is an 8-week course for parents expecting a baby. Parents attend the group from the second trimester of pregnancy. Topics include empathy and loving attentiveness, infant brain development, healthy choices, managing stress and promoting self-esteem and confidence, and effective communication. Practical information about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and healthy eating is included in the eight weeks.
HENRY (Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young)
An 8 week programme for parents/carers of children aged 0-5 year olds helping them develop a healthier and more active lifestyle for the whole family.