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The Community Family Care team at Community Foster Care has won a one-year contract to provide a targeted youth service across Melksham for Wiltshire Council.
The £10,000 contract, won by competitive tender, will mean providing one-to-one support for young people, aged 13-19, identified as needing help to prevent problems escalating and who are not accessing other services.
“We’re excited to expand our provision in to Melksham, enabling more young people to realise their ambitions,” said Chief Executive of Community Foster Care, Mark Kingston.
“We are confident that our experience of supporting young people gives us an understanding of the complex dynamics at play for young people and a unique insight into different ways of working to achieve outcomes.
“We’re looking forward to taking a tenacious and innovative approach to working with young people in Melksham.
“We have a broad range of experience across different aspects of provision for young people to draw upon combined with a passion for enabling the voice of young people.”
Amanda Culverhouse has joined Community Family Care as Project Lead for the new Family Group Conferencing Service launched in North Somerset.
After a 16-year career in Human Resources and six years as a mediator in situations such as bullying and harassment, Amanda trained in Family Group Conferencing in 2017. Since then she has also provided advocacy for young people in Somerset.
She and a sessional team of FGC co-ordinators will deliver the service from Worle for a minimum of 24 referred families per year for North Somerset Council.
“Most of the families we work with are put forward for support by social workers, usually when relationships have broken down and a child may be about to go into care,” said Amanda.
“We bring together the family’s relatives, friends and maybe neighbours and help them to come up with solutions that keep the family together in a safe and supported environment. The service is often a lifeline to families who don’t know where else to turn.”
Manager of Community Family Care, Sasha Hart, said: “We’re proud to have Amanda to lead on our new Family Group Conference service. Her experience and ability are invaluable and we’re excited to have her on board to launch the service.”
Community Family Care won the three-year contract for North Somerset Council, worth £150,000, by competitive tender.
The independent, not-for-profit agency provides bespoke support services for children and families, building on families’ strengths to help make positive change and bring about lasting outcomes.
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