What are the services like?
SPACE – our work can be very practical – help with transport, homework clubs, parenting programmes, practical help with childcare/household management or may involve a range of more complex help where situations are more challenging.
SPACE family support services for?
SPACE Family Support Services are for families and individuals who need help. Family life is not always easy, life events like birth, death, depression, redundancy, separation, illness, abuse or financial problems all put stress and strain on family life and relationships.
Supporting Parents and Children
Space is the lead organisation for the Newry and Mourne Family Support Hub (FSH) where we work in partnership with a range of statutory and voluntary organisations to identify solutions for families facing challenges. Referrals to the family support hub can include families or individuals requiring support to cope with physical and mental health problems, family breakdown, parenting difficulties, financial problems and social and rural isolation. In addition to the FSH coordination, we also undertake in-depth home based assessments to explore needs and maximise access to services benefits and grants for a range of people. Space also provides local and trust wide representation on services and planning groups that influence opportunity for children and young people in our area, this includes undertaking lead body status for the Kilkeel Sure start project and being part of the Southern Outcomes board of the children and young people’s services project CYPSP. Our work now reaches throughout the Southern Health and Social Care Trust as well as the Newry Mourne and Down Council Areas and includes parenting support, community education, parenting training and activity clubs and sessions.
Supporting People and Communities
Space is funded to deliver the MARA project until March 2016 throughout the South Down, South Armagh and Craigavon lough shores area and welcomes referrals from rural dwellers within those areas for a home based visit. Space is also keen to maintain community based service within the South Down area and will continue to provide (resources permitting) a range of health promotion and community wellbeing activities to support older people, newcomer families and government initiatives such as Sure start. Throughout the greater SHSCT area, Space will endeavour to provide access and signposting opportunity to community based activities and we hope to develop an online community services directory that will become a useful resource for all on community activity and support. Space 2 will focus on developing community based social, advisory and education opportunities particularly for older people, newcomer families and emerging needs.
Supporting Potential and Community Enterprise
Our social enterprise – Love your Space (LYS) provides an additional income stream so that we can be flexible and responsive when a referral or a request falls outside the criteria of a particular project or service. Social enterprises are community based businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, or improve people’s lives or the environment. Love your Space generates income from selling donated and up-cycled goods in our Monaghan Street Shop and we are always on the lookout for good quality household goods, clothing and bric a brac. Occasionally at Love your Space we are asked to organise a call to action, this can involve asking the public to help us source furniture/carpet/ or a pram for example. Love your Space also provides a limited number of supported volunteer and training opportunities for those returning to work after ill health, or for those with additional needs in a funky creative retail facility. Make sure not to forget Love your Space when clearing your house or closet out, we love getting to up-cycle everyday items.
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