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The National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme – Evaluation and Implementation Support


In 2015, the National Lottery Community Fund commissioned CES to work with the ‘Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme’ in Northern Ireland. This is a seven-year programme which includes 36 different projects aimed at helping families to deal with adversity and to be part of the communities where they live.

Our Role

The programme involves CES working with each project to understand their needs and goals. Each year we then design and deliver events, masterclasses and workshops - covering themes such as Adverse Childhood Experiences and Supporting Parents, along with implementation and evaluation workshops.

CES’s support involves listening, practical, pragmatic, engaging problem solving (Programme Report, Year 2)

In June 2019, CES organised 'Putting communities and families in the driving seat' - a conference to mark the story so far of the Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme. Organisations involved shared stories of their work. The event featured perspectives from practitioners, parents and policy makers. CES shared findings from an interim evaluation of the Programme.

Four years on, groups are very engaged with the support provided by CES. Staff and volunteers are developing their practice and using evaluation frameworks to capture their impact. This helps them to improve their projects and make a difference to the lives of families in Northern Ireland.

The Parenting Research Centre in Melbourne Australia is also a partner on this project.

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