Family support

Co-ordinatorJodie Malham giving information to Cheryl Eastwood (right)
Co-ordinatorJodie Malham giving information to Cheryl Eastwood (right)

A NEW programme aimed at supporting families is proving a success.

The Family Support Network - a new project that has only been running for four weeks - aims to support families and individuals overcome any barriers in order to improve their personal circumstances.

The programme, which is run from Manor Residents’ Association in Kilmarnock Road, involves two support workers who help people who may be experiencing trouble with drug and alcohol use, debt or self-esteem issues.

The service is already working with 16 families.

Jodie Malham said: “I am employed by Manor Residents’ Association as a family support worker, along with Tracey Stoddart, who is also working on the project as a family support worker.

“We provide a service to individuals and families to provide support, advice and guidance in relation to any barriers that they may have to improve their personal circumstances.

“This could be anything from employment, drug and alcohol issues, or issues with confidence and self-esteem or debt.

“We do that by providing them with a network of support, basically anything an individual or family need support with, we will assist them any way possible.

“The only criteria is that we work predominantly with families in the south of town but we will not turn anyone away who desperately needs our support if they don’t live within the boundaries.”

The service also signposts people to other services for specialist support.

Jodie added: “People can either book a visit or take a chance by dropping in.

“If we are free we will see to them there and then if not we will arrange an appointment.”

The programme is being funded by the Tudor Trust, an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups.

For more information call (01429) 297201 and ask for either Jodie Malham or Tracey Stoddart.