Our new Family Services team have been hard at work this year, delivering a range of programmes to adults, families, and communities across East London.
The Champions Support Network, which brings parents and carers together to form community support networks, particularly dealing with youth violence, exclusion and mental health. We run coffee mornings to forge connections plus workshops and training to create a more resilient community.
Our community capacity-building team, working in troubled areas of Havering, Redbridge, and Barking and Dagenham to create more connected and resilient communities, particularly in regards to gang culture and youth violence. As part of this, we’re forming local Rapid Response Groups to facilitate clear and accurate communication between local residents and the police and local authority when incidents such as stabbings occur.
And finally, we’re currently preparing a new programme in Barking and Dagenham to provide support and guidance to mothers and families regarding breast-feeding. You can read more about this in our previous article.
Community trip to Southend
Our community engagement teams in Havering and Redbridge teamed up with our Champions Support Network team to plan a trip to Southend. In total, we were joined by 63 people, including various volunteers from Havering and Redbridge, families suported by our Champions, and young people from the local areas.
Community day at the park
Our community engagement team in Redbridge collobarted with Vision RCL to put on a community day for local residents in X Park. We saw around 150 residents throughout the day, which was a great opportunity to help raise awareness of other local work, including our Champions coffee mornings and community safety discussions.
Street Doctors training
Our community engagement team in Redbridge are also working with Street Doctors to deliver training sessions in Barkingside and Hainault. These sessions training people in basic first aid to apply in response to a knife wound, which can greatly increase a stabbing victim’s chance of survival.