Our service offers support through the following projects:

Nurturing Families Programme funded by BBC Children in Need
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This project recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide support, enabling disadvantaged babies, children and young people to take advantage of and engage with learning opportunities, social activities and school work in the home or local venues, including Children’s Centres. Our coordinators and volunteers visit families for 2-3 hours per week and provide positive role models, supporting parents to understand the value of positive parenting and aims to achieve the following:

This service is offered to all expectant parents, and families with children aged 0 – 18 years

Diamond Family Support funded by Big Lottery
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Our Helping Hands service provides coordinated family support for parents with children aged 0 – 18 years. We offer both practical and emotional support to families to achieve the following:

Time To Talk Project funded by Big Lottery
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A new project providing one to one and group support to parents/carers and family members of children with additional needs. Families can be referred to the project for one to one support to build their confidence prior to accessing group support.

Aiming High for Disabled Children funded by Action for Children
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We provide fun activities & care for disabled children aged 0-10yrs at local venues and parks across the City and also extra activities for school age children in school holidays. We support & motivate children to take risks and explore new play opportunities, providing one to one or two to one individual support where needed.

Here are a list of just a few of the activities that we provide:

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Children learn new skills, build confidence, learn to share and take turns, make decision’s, socialise, make new friends, learn the rules to games, count, be imaginative, access technology. It helps their communication & language development as well as their understanding of the world.

A few things parents have said about the Aiming High Project:

"We have time to do something for ourselves or spend quality time with siblings etc"
"I feel less stressed, more able to cope with family life"
"My child has progressed so much from coming to the sessions"
"Swimming has brought my child on, he used to be afraid of the water"
"Seeing my child’s face when he came back from swimming was priceless, I can’t thank you enough"

View our Aiming High Project Review here

Parents Together funded by the National Lottery Community Fund
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This is a new project which aims to stop the cycle of intergenerational loneliness, poverty and mental ill health. Research show that loneliness is a contributing factor to poverty, it negatively impacts peoples economic prospects, living standards and wellbeing. Parents Together recruits, trains and matches Befrienders to families identified as 'lonely' within Stoke on Trent.

Family Links Project
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CAFs have a number of Family Support Workers, Co-ordinators and Volunteers trained to deliver one to one Family Links Parenting Programme. If we identify on initial assessment or during our work with families that they will benefit from a Nurturing Parenting Programme we deliver Family Links on a one to one basis.


CAFs train and recruit local parents to become Befrienders, offering emotional and practical support to families in their local area. All volunteers attend an eight week accredited Befriender Course including Level One Safeguarding Training as a minimum requirement. We also offer ongoing training for Befrienders on areas such as mental health, parenting, support work standards, domestic abuse, substance misuse etc.