What happens when different sectors work effectively together to reduce the risk of poor outcomes for families?
Reaching Out, Supporting Families was a programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund in Northern Ireland. The Programme included thirty-six different projects aimed at helping vulnerable families to deal with adversity and to feel included in the communities where they live. While there were differences in the purpose, activities, and approaches of each project, they shared some common features. All projects engaged with families experiencing adversity - including poverty, mental health problems, disability, unemployment, learning disabilities, or domestic and gender-based violence. Services were flexible and responsive to the families they worked with and partnership was at the heart of the Programme.
Since 2014, CES has provided implementation support and training for the thirty-six projects. In this paper we capture what the organisations have learned about supporting families in the community since the Programme began.
The final Reaching Out, Supporting Families conference will take place on September 30th. This conference will highlight the learning from six years of supporting ordinary families facing extraordinary circumstances. You can book your ticket here.
Learn more about the Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme.