Choices Family Support Service
Choices Family Support Service is a partnership project between Action for Children, Barnardos, Youth Justice Agency and Ballymena and Larne Volunteer Centre, working to enable positive changes for local families.
"Staff helped me when I most needed them."
What does the project do?
The Choices Family Support Service aims to support families with young people aged between 10 and 17 who are:
- Experiencing problems with their mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Living in situations which give rise to concerns about their care
- At risk of offending
- At risk of becoming homeless
- Living with parents who may be experiencing mental health problems or domestic violence
"We know from our experience that offering a child and their family support at an early stage during difficult times can have a huge impact."
How do we support young people and families/carers?
Through individual mentoring, parent/carer support groups, intensive therapeutic work , outings, activites and social events we support young people to:
- Avoid drug/alcohol misuse
- Improve and develop relationships
- Build confidence
- Manage stress
- Deal with conflict and disruptive behaviours
- Improve life skills
- Make new friends
"It helped me to know I wasn't on my own."
Choices Family Support Service is a partnership involving the Youth Justice Agency, Action for Children, Barnardo's NI, and Ballymena and Larne Volunteer Centre. The service is funded by Northern Health & Social Services Board.
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