On November 5th we held our official launch day as we move forward with our family mentoring approach. We were joined by several partner organisations to begin our vision of helping families in a new and innovative way. With thanks to a generous grant from Big Lottery, we can, over the next three years, implement a way of working that differs from our previous approach of providing an intensive, wrap-around service. Our new approach can be summed up thus:
“Family Mentoring means that as family role models we develop a relationship based on trust, appropriate challenge, guidance and empowerment with families, which enables them to identify and overcome barriers, become independent and reach their true potential. Our approach to mentoring is both person and family-centred, demonstrating empathy, maturity and mutual respect, so that we can help individuals and whole families to develop resilience and a positive attitude towards education, social and life skills, relationships, health, work and essential routines. The methodology is based on showing by example and empowering the family to live as a cohesive unit. At Save the Family, mentoring provides non-judgemental emotional support, guidance and a sense of continuity and stability, which may otherwise be missing in the lives of individuals. Through successful mentoring families develop essential social skills, recognise their own strengths and self-worth grow in confidence and overcome their difficulties”
In conjunction with this, we are really looking forward to working more closely with a host of organisations who will provide multi-agency support to our families. We were delighted to welcome some of these services – such as Novus, Cheshire Furniture Reuse, Wellbeing High Street and Cheshire West – to our launch event, where they were able to meet and chat with our residents throughout the morning. The families onsite also took part in an advent calendar-making session with West Cheshire College during the day, as well as hearing a talk by The College of Law ( Chester) on consumer rights.
The focal point of the day was at lunchtime, when our founder, Edna Speed, CEO John Church, Head of Operations Simon Groom, and Jackie Bradley from the LIFT project (another of our partner agencies) gave a series of inspiring speeches. We heard about the charity’s past, the work of the past couple of years, its relationship with other services, and a bold vision for the future. All attendees were then treated to a bowl of homemade soup (complete with freshly-made bread) prepared by some of our resident families in our state-of-the-art training kitchen. They even had time to make a few scones with afternoon tea before the event drew to a close!
A big THANK YOU to all those involved!