Family Support Services

Family Support Services  (FSS) are offered to parents living within the North  End of Glasgow and who have a child/children under the age of sixteen years. In partnership with Geeza Break, FSS aims to assist with preventing/reducing statutory involvement by working with clients to develop skills such as parenting skills, day to day living skills and confidence.  

Who we help:

Geeza Break offers through their Family Support Service an intensive one to one person centred support to families affected by:

  • Addictions
  • Mental Health [mild to moderate]
  • Crisis
  • Homelessness
  • Abuse i.e. sexual, physical and emotional etc
  • Poverty

What we do:

Our aim is to assist with preventing/reducing statutory involvement by working with clients to develop and encourage the following skills and qualities:

  • Confidence and esteem
  • Parenting Skills
  • Personal Social Development
  • Budgeting Skills
  • Health and Well Being
  • Family Routines
  • Day to day living skill

 

One to One

Key objectives of the Intensive One-To-One Support include :

  • Mentoring
  • Maintaining Tenancy
  • Advocacy
  • Intense support in a crisis situation

The Geeza Break Family Support Service prides itself on delivering a high quality service incorporating various methods, approaches and intervention's regarding the promotion and implementation of health improvement programmes. This is in order to ensure that the health and well being needs of our service users are fully being met.

 

Groupwork

The family support services delivers the following services.

  • Bumps 2 Babies
  • Baby Massage
  • Lifeskills
  • Healthy Eating on a Budget
  • Sleep Workshops

Bumps 2 Babies is a 17 week programme which focusses on topics like preparing for your baby, bonding and attachment, post-natal depression, improved sleep pattern, feeding your baby and recognising your baby’s cues.

Healthy Eating on a Budget Workshop aims to improve knowledge of healthy eating, enhance understanding of basic cooking skills, raise awareness of health, safety and hygiene in the kitchen, encourage participants in a group setting and increase physical activity.

Sleep workshop programme aims to give a basic awareness of children’s sleep, explore some of the reasons behind sleep problems and look at good sleep practice.

Parenting interventions

Topics which will be included within the programme will cover the following:

  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Parenting skills
  • Positive Play
  • Cooking Demo
  • Drug and Alcohol awareness
  • Smoking awareness

Main objectives of the programme are to:

  • Try new experiences in a safe and supported environment.
  • Encourage participation in group sessions.
  • Increase skills and encourage knowledge in a variety of areas.
  • Provide opportunities for increased and new learning.
  • Support progression of participants to follow new pathways.

Oral Health

The Family Support Worker will promote oral hygiene by ensuring the families are appropriately equipped with an oral health kit including information leaflets on how to practice and maintain good oral hygiene. The parent/ carer would also be encouraged to arrange a dental and or opticians appointment (if required) for all family members to attend.

Geeza Break understands the importance of good oral hygiene and its effects on overall health and wellbeing and will actively promote oral hygiene by ensuring that all staff attends oral health training. 

Home safety

As a service provider to children / families Geeza Break adheres to the current child protection legislation i.e. the Children Scotland Act (1995).  Geeza Break has developed from this legislation strict Child Protection Policies and Procedures which state that the welfare / safety of every child is paramount. In line with these polices and procedures and to minimize the risk of child injuries within the family home the Geeza Break services collate relevant information from various sources to develop individualized health and safety packs covering appropriate topics and issues relevant to the families current circumstances and needs.

Person Centred Support Plan

Will enable the Service User to identify :

  • How they would choose to arrange their assessed needs and desired outcomes to be met
  • How they would prioritise their needs and outcomes 

Therapeutic Intervention Kinship Support

This project provides support citywide to kinship carers and their families across Glasgow where there is at least one child being cared for by another family member or friend due to parental addictions and/or substance misuse.

A qualified psychotherapist is accessible providing effective Therapeutic Person Centred, Solution Focussed psychological, emotional and practical support primarily to the kinship carer (within privacy and comfort of own home).

The service offers professional, confidential, nonjudgemental, psychological, emotional and practical support primarily to the kinship carer and their family.

General themes:

  • Intense one to one emotional and psychological support: addressing current and historical issues
  • Bereavement – Grief and Loss
  • Shame, Blame, Guilt
  • Mentoring -supporting kinship carer to focus on personal interests and needs
  • Advocacy

Additional benefits include:

Support with introduction, implementation and maintenance of firm, clear structures, boundaries and routines within the family home.

Support with the promotion of healthy respectful interactions and communication between family members, thereby improving relationships within the family dynamics.

Additionally, family members can be signposted and referred onto other relevant organisations, etc. who can offer and provide additional support and advice if/when required.

Making Connections For Families In Need

Funded by the Big Lottery, this service offers an intensive one-to-one person centred support to families experiencing the following:

  • Struggling with day to day issues
  • Housing Problems
  • Coping with the kids
  • Need Time Out
  • Would like to be more involved in the local community
  • Who are having a crisis
  • Health and Addiction Issues
  • Confidence and Self-esteem
  • Parenting Skills
  • Budgeting Skills
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Family Routines
  • Personal Support