About SPACE

SPACE believes that every person has the right to access services and support to reach their potential.

Community based support services within the South Down area

The Background

SPACE began life in a small terraced house in Warrenpoint in 2003 after a consultation with local people identified the need for family support throughout rural South Down. Originally known as South Down Family Health Initiative, and funded heavily by the Big Lottery, the organisation grew with an increased demand for our services to be delivered over a much wider area until the decision was taken to move our administrative centre to Newry and re-brand to encompass the wide range of work that we cover. Whilst we are no longer based in Warrenpoint our passion to support the people in the South Down region remains the same. We remain true to the values of South Down Family Health Initiative, working in a manner that is responsive and respectful of the perceptions and needs

of local people, making connections for people by informing, sharing, advocating, supporting, partnering, enabling and empowering. We value our staff, volunteers and Committee and are committed to the on-going development of a professional and quality service with a person-centred approach. Working closely with other charity/voluntary organisations and statutory services, including GPs, Health Visitors, Social Services, Local Council and schools we aim to represent and influence change on behalf of our communities, whilst supporting families and individuals to improve their health and well-being. SPACE will continue to develop staff, systems and resources to ensure continuous improvement and development of our services to meet the needs of our community.

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SPACE

Sometimes we all need a little help just to get by. At SPACE we help families and individuals to get by when everyday life throws challenges at them. We do this through home visits, signposting and community programmes.

SPACE 1 - Supporting Families and Individuals.

We work with families who are struggling with physical and mental health problems, family breakdown, parenting difficulties, financial problems and isolation. We provide family support workers to assist with childcare, household chores, transport to medical appointments etc. A family support worker can advise on services, grants and benefits and help you access these by identifying relevant services, making referrals and supporting you through the application process.

SPACE 2 – Supporting People and Communities

We are the lead organisation for the Newry and Mourne Family Support Hub. We work with other statutory and voluntary organisations to identify solutions for families going through tough times.

SPACE 3 – Supporting Potential and Community Enterprise

Love Your Space and The Good Space retail store are a means of generating income to help fund support for more families and individuals. Both premises offer training for people with additional needs.