BIG LOTTERY awards funding to help Camden families

Camden Futures, a partnership of local voluntary organisations, has been awarded £900,000 by Big Lottery to deliver improved, joined up support for local families with complex and multiple needs.

Camden is one of only 26 local authority areas across Great Britain receiving grants from the Big Lottery Improving Futures Fund.

The Camden Futures partners are Elfrida Rathbone Camden (lead agency), children’s services charity Coram, Camden Citizens Advice Bureau and Haverstock Healthcare, a group of local GP surgeries. The partnership has also received the strong support of the London Borough of Camden.

Camden Futures will work with families who need help from more than one agency and where both children and parents have support needs.

The eldest child in the family should be aged five to ten years old, and the priority will be on families who, at the time of referral, have no-one helping them to improve the lives of their children.

Families will receive support across a range of problems, including parents’ and children’s individual needs, family relationships, poverty and welfare advice.

Alexis Keir, Director, Elfrida Rathbone Camden, said: “Improving Futures funding will be a fantastic opportunity to link the best skills of the voluntary sector to help the families who we encounter through our work in the community: families who are struggling, families who are sliding into crisis, families who have all sorts of needs and who at the same time don’t know where to turn to for help to bring improvements in the lives of their children. ”

Workers will be based in GP practices and schools in the most deprived wards, linking with health professionals, housing officers and CAB financial advice workers, and improving communication between different organisations which can help families.

Fleur, a single mother of two young boys who received support for problems arising from domestic violence and debt said; “When families have problems it’s not just in one area, it’s often spread out over a load of issues; housing, money, emotional support; and that linked in together would make it so much easier for families to find the support in one [local] area. So I think it would be invaluable.”

The Lottery funding is for services to be delivered over three years from April 2012

For more information contact: Alexis Keir

Tel: 020 7424 1610

For more information on Improving Futures see:

Elfrida Rathbone Camden:

Camden Citizen’s Advice Bureau

Haverstock Healthcare

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