Our drop-in sessions aim to provide families who have babies and pre-school children a chance to socialise and to play together, with the support of trained and experienced Family and Play Workers. Thursdays Together runs for 50 weeks a year.
Our project runs for fifty weeks a year and any donations will help support the sustainability of our project.
Charity information: The Kings Hedges Family Support Project
Our project aims to ensure that we are both preventative (through guidance, support and advice) and reactive (in the case of families in crisis).
We aim to support families through the everyday ups and downs of family life, and to build strength within our community so that families can be there for each other.
Staff welcome and settle new families, provide information about the community and all that it can offer. They can work alongside parents, who may feel the need for extra support on everyday parenting issues, sleeping, feeding, on child development, or on more complex financial concerns, housing advice, budgeting and the ups and downs of family relationships. Families are encouraged to offer moral support to each other, thereby strengthening local communities.
To support and enrich family life.
Activities» By supporting families and modelling constructive activities and methods of interacting with children.
What success will look like
By looking at feedback from our surveys with service users.
To offer leisure time activities in the interests of social welfare and improving life.
Activities» The provision of a weekly drop in session.
What success will look like
By offering the planned number of sessions in a year.
Improved life skills and opportunities of service users as reported by way of our quarterly feedback surveys.
Funding is a topic of key importance to all charities and so we have sought to develop a fundraising strategy in order to ensure the sustainability of our project.
We can send feedback based on our quarterly service user feedback and provide copies of AGM reports as requested.
Budget - Project Cost: £42,127Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £24,213 staff costs salaries £7,507 overheads rent, office hire, insurance £500 capital costs equipment £4,517 running expenses telephones, IT, Postage, stationery etc £900 training training £200 travel travel expenses £300 consultancy consultancy and advice £3,990 additional materials items used for sessions, food, special projects etc
The Cambridge City Council Anti-Poverty Strategy 2014-2017 states that although Cambridge overall has a thriving economy the cost of living is high. House prices are the third highest in the country with prices in the rental market reflecting this. Of the jobs that are available in Cambridge, 70% are in the top 3 classifications compared to 43.5% nationally. Many people living in Cambridge are priced out of housing opportunities and have less employment opportunities available to them.
The sessions are currently attended by approximately fifty to sixty families per week and we work with around 300 separate families over the course of the average year.
Our project is embedded within the local community. It also shows that there are people within the local area who are interested in developing or using their skills and we can provide opportunities for them to do this.
The majority of our service users have reported back to us that attending Thursdays Together has reduced their social isolation.
The project has developed strong ties over the last twenty years, both within the communities and with local agencies.
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Hannah is the development worker and fundraiser for the project and will be using this opportunity to raise awareness of our project.