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Project information

Family Space Spring Courses

Families in need of support who want to use our services can have access to a range of specialist courses, experiences and outings in the run up to Easter 2019.

January 2019 - April 2019

Charity information: ST VINCENT'S FAMILY PROJECT

  • Need


    Despite Westminster being the seat of power and of great wealth at the heart of our capital, many families with children up to the age of five, living in the area around south Westminster, are struggling with poverty, experiencing isolation difficulties and illness in the family. These factors impact on the family's ability as a whole to provide the best environment for their children and relationships to thrive.


    Family Space Spring Courses will provide a place to go for families with children up to the age of five. There will be safe space and play opportunities for the youngsters to socialise and learn and have fun while parents are with them, in a supported environment on two days a week. Parents can also access stress relieving therapies while their children are looked after. On the other three days, parents can access a range of courses including parenting & healthy living.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help 10 parents improve their parenting skills


    » Provide a Mellow Parenting Course over 14 weeks for one day/week
    » Run a creche for the benefit of the parents on the Mellow Parenting Course.

    What success will look like

    Success will be parents signed up for and completed the course, demonstrate learning through practice and through answers on completed pre and post evaluation questionnaires.

    Aim 2

    Enable children to play, develop and have fun in a safe, supported environment.


    » Provide drop-in sessions for children to play with developmental toys and activities.
    » Provide caring staff and volunteers to support the children

    What success will look like

    Children attend our drop-in sessions and creche and are happy while with us. Staff and volunteers will provide caring support and demonstrate good practice for parents.

    Aim 3

    Enable parents to socialise together and make friends.


    » Provide a welcoming supportive environment where parents can find fellowship.

    What success will look like

    Parents come frequently to use our services with their children and engage with other parents. They complete 6 monthly satisfaction questionnaires.

  • Impact


    The project will help families feel part of a community, reducing a sense of isolation. Children will be helped to become socialised before starting school. We will know this because we already have families who come back to us as they have their second and third babies and report how their older children are now doing.


    Insufficient parents sign up for the course. We will make time sure to recruit and to let other agencies know they can refer parents to us.

    We have insufficient staff or volunteers to provide the level of care or expertise we want to. We ensure we continue to keep happy staff and maintain criteria for excellent volunteers.


    We would send a written report to donors on the activities undertaken at the end of the period. they could also sign up to receive our newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Staffing Creche provision and volunteer management
      £2,000 Facilities Provisions and cleaning etc
  • Background


    Our project is based in the southern part of the borough of Westminster, London. Despite it's location at the centre of power, a report from End Child Poverty Organisation in January 2018 said that Westminster has the sixth highest level of child poverty in the UK.


    Families have children up to the age of five years. Our families reflect multicultural London with 43 nationalities recently using our services. Most of the 200 families whom we serve live on housing estates in the locality. They also have a range of first languages and some struggle with English which is a barrier to further integration and an initial inhibitor for their child's acquisition of English in speaking and reading. They may be struggling with poverty and additional difficulties.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been delivering family support services in the area in one form or another for over 40 years. We work in collaboration with other agencies and non-profits in the area to ensure we are meeting people's needs. We have good relationships with other agencies who refer people in need to us, eg health visitors, the health service, social workers. We have a good reputation locally and are committed to providing an excellent service.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ska Sokic

    Family Space Manager, has responsibility for the courses provided

    Kaamini Sethi

    Family Support Worker who provides the creche