Making a difference through our Community Family Support Programme

Making a difference through our Community Family Support Programme

Community Family Support Programme (CFSP) is where we combine health and social care with training and employment to provide a holistic support service for young people and their families.   We have been very busy in all our areas across Northern Ireland.

A great example of the support offered by our CFSP team is “J”:

“J” is a 16 year old who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s and was referred to the CFSP via The Family HUB.

“J” is a young man who has faced many issues with regards to training and education, as the pressure of being in a busy environment is difficult for him to deal with. But as “J” is a determined person he decided to give it another try after coming onto the CFSP. Unfortunately being on a training programme was not right for “J” and an alternative was soon found in the form of a volunteering position.

“J” now attends a voluntary work placement within a computer repair store three days per week for a few hours per session. This has helped to transform “J’s” life, as prior to joining the CFSP he had been very reclusive, was wandering the streets late at night, and was not looking after himself. Now “J” is getting up early each day, showering and dressing smartly in order to attend his work placement, and wandering the street late each night has stopped.

He is passionate about is new role and thoroughly enjoys the responsibility and freedom given to him by his employer who states that he is delighted by the progress “J” has made and feels that this may have not come about if it had not been for the work of Roisin, his Family Liaison Officer. “J’s” Mother stated “he is truly a changed young man who with the right support and guidance has achieved so much within a short space of time.”

Below are a few more examples of the support we have been able to offer some of our other participants:

  • A 21 year old was keen to avail of support to re-engage with education and gain qualifications to achieve her goal.  With support, she successfully secured a place on an ‘Access to University’ course.  In addition, she gained her Level 1 in First Aid and Level 1 in Food Safety and Hygiene.
  • A 17 year old required support to gain a place on a Further Education course and secure employment.  During her time on CFSP, she commenced a ‘Training for Success in Retail’ course, gained a Level 1 in First Aid and successfully secured a part-time cleaning position to fit around her studies.
  • With support of her Family Liaison Officer, Tammy (pictured above) was able to move into her own home. This was thanks to help with engaging with the Housing Executive and applying for a Community Care Grant.  Tammy is now in a stronger position for looking into gaining employment.
  • Ruadhan is now employed by Creagh Concrete and feels his life has improved immensely due to the support and encouragement he received through participating on the Community Family Support Programme.

To find out more about the support available to you and your family why not give us a call and speak to a member of our CFSP team:

Mid Ulster Area – 028 7963 1032

Antrim & Newtownabbey – 028 9446 3827

Causeway Coast & Glens – 028 7032 6016

Mid & East Antrim – 028 2565 1614

This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy





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