Family Support Falkirk

The Family Support Service at OPFS Falkirk offers one-to-one support to single parents within the Braes area to address issues including:

  • Parenting
  • Setting boundaries and routines
  • Housing issues
  • Benefits advice
  • Debt advice and money management
  • Low mood / Stress

Support for Children

One to one support can be provided to children who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives such as family breakdown, social isolation and confidence/self-esteem issues.

We also support children and their parents to overcome difficulties which are affecting school attendance.  Support may be provided in one to one sessions with the child or just having a chat with the parent and child together.

Our Family Support Workers also run Transition Groups for Primary 7 children and Friendship Groups for P6-7 children and Nurture Groups for P 1- 2 children within the local primary schools in the Braes area.

Support for Lone and Contact Fathers

One-to-one support if offered to lone and contact fathers within Falkirk.  Our Father and Children’s Worker can support you and offer advice with issues including:

  • Parenting
  • Housing issues
  • Benefits advice
  • Debt advice and money management

The father’s service can support you to access activities for you and your child such as soft play and swimming or arrange social activities with other dad’s involved with the project.  Fathers and children of all ages are welcome.

Our Father and Children’s Worker can also support your child on a one to one basis either at home or in school.

Befriending / Respite

The Befriending part of this project aims to support children who require someone to help them access local opportunities or to have someone who can listen to their worries and offer some advice and guidance. Referrals into the service are carefully assessed to ensure each child receives a support package which is dependent on their needs.

Our Respite service works alongside our family support and will offer assistance to families who perhaps need additional help to access appointments or who just need time to recharge their batteries during particularly difficult times.

Childcare

Supported childcare sessions are available for children in the Upper Braes area who are aged 2-3 years and who may be experiencing issues around their social, emotional or physical development.

Children are offered a friendly, welcoming space where they are able to explore the world around them while learning through fun activities. Our qualified Early Years Workers encourage and involve parents/carers in every step of their child’s progress and recognise the benefits of working closely with other services if required.  We offer a wide range of support to all children attending the sessions including a dedicated Key Worker who will work with your child on a one to one basis to support their development and meet their needs in a fun and inclusive way.

We offer two sessions to each child per week, with each session lasting three hours ten minutes.

Childcare under the Eligible Two’s Scheme is delivered in the Family Centre. For information on this visit here or call the Childcare and Early Years Team on 01324 506611.

Hub

We offer a Community Hub where children and families can access our Drop In Sessions or access:

  • Free Home Energy and Benefit Checks.
  • Emergency items for use when people are feeling the pinch.
  • Items which are available to borrow to reduce the cost of the school day; such as World Book Day or Christmas Jumper Day.
  • A selection of school clothes and winter jackets are also available.

Stay and Play Sessions

These sessions provide lots of learning opportunities for you and your child to enjoy together including: story and song times, physical activities, cooking, outdoor play and messy play. We have different themes each term that can help you and your child develop a whole range of skills. The group also supports parents to learn more about their child’s development, provides guidance on a wide variety of issues and allows parents to meet other local parents.

Cook and Eat

Families are invited along to cook and eat a delicious meal with other families who live in the local area. Families will develop a list of different popular meals and each week we will offer something different. If anyone doesn’t want to cook they can come along and eat the meal which has been prepared. We hope that this will allow local parents to meet other parents who live in the local area and have a bit of fun and a good blether. Children will also have the opportunity to mix with others.

Shopping Trips

As we recognise that shopping trips can be stressful and expensive we want parents to come together to share issues, ideas and find way ways to cut the cost of their shopping bills.

Gardening

Our vegetable patches are in great need of some volunteers. The produce that will come from these beds will be used for our cook and eat sessions or where there is excess food we will distribute this to families who can use it. We are not looking for experts just people with some time to spare and would like to get involved.

Information and Advice Service

One Parent Families Scotland also runs a free helpline (0808 801 0323) which can give detailed advice on a range of problems such as legal rights of unmarried fathers, welfare benefits, child support and housing.

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