“Full Families has clearly achieved remarkable impact in working with families that has included promoting crisis resolution, nurturing stability, re-engagement with education, successfully fostering personal confidence and resilience, and preventing and reducing statutory intervention. Its community-based co-production approach, with the support of other agencies, is highlighting that working with families with multiple complex needs is possible.”
Grimsby Full Families evaluation report by Dr Roger Green, specialist in Community Engagement Research & Community Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.
With support from the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund and with our partners CPO, we embarked upon our Full Families programme in Grimsby in 2017. The initial three-years’ funding has been extended until 2024, enabling us to continue our work, delivered by a highly experienced team. Thanks must also go to the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, North East Lincolnshire Council and The Fishmongers’ Company for their further support.
It has been evident that our approach, which is underpinned by a strong value base and national best practice, is having a positive effect and we have now extended our programme into Hull where we work in the Preston Road area.
Aligning our work with the key priorities of North East Lincolnshire Council we adopted a strong multi-agency working approach. A key strength in our efforts to unite families and overcome barriers. We have encountered low confidence, long term unemployment, substance and alcohol misuse, lone parenting issues, neglect, obesity, poor mental wellbeing, low self-esteem, physical and mental abuse, and poor school attendance. The families we work with often have multi-generational issues and live in some of the country’s most deprived communities. Progress takes time, but by adopting a relationship-based methodology in line with the Think Family best practice approach, we achieve successful outcomes.
What are families and stakeholders say:
“We are all involved in it, we all have a voice even the younger kids.”
“I would be dead now if it wasn’t for the support I’ve had here.”
“You never feel judged, you can just pick up the phone and they listen.”
“It is wasn’t for them, I would not have my kids now.”
“Early intervention is key, the programme made life easier for families and I can’t praise it enough.”