GLEANINGS FROM THE PARISH NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2020
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Gleanings from the Parish News
FAMILY SUPPORT WORK NEWSLETTER
With the summer holidays in full swing you might think that things are slowing down a little for us here, but it's not the case. As we can't hold any group activities like we would normally do in the summer, our practitioners have been very busy
supporting individual families with ideas for outings and activities – we've even been providing picnics for them to take with them! A lot of our families are also very anxious about their children returning to school in September after such a long time at home, so we are working hard to allay those fears and encourage them to think positively.
We are delighted that some of our furloughed staff have returned to work this month, although still on a part-time bases. This give us the opportunity to start recommencing some of the activities that we had to put on hold over the last few months.
In particular, we are very excited to let you know that our charity abseil at Peacehaven Cliffs is able to go ahead on September 19th. last autumn and had thought that we would have to cancel it. But as an outdoor event and with the abseil company having met all the conditions to be designated a Covid-safe organiser, we're now busy making the preparations and encouraging people to sign up. Anybody can take part from age 10 and above (maximum weight limit 16 stone) and all that we ask is that participants commit to raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship each. More details can be found in the attached flyer.
Thank you all for your continued support of our work.
Last month's work in numbers
*302 (socially distanced) visits to families and 189 phone calls supporting 45 grandparents, 453 parents and 422 children
*46 supported meetings (virtually via Zoom/Skype etc.) with other agencies
*182 deliveries of food and other items such as children's activities made.
*Give thanks for 2 young people supported by our practitioners who have won places at Oxbridge to start in the autumn despite incredibly challenging home situations
*Strength for some of our practitioners who are currently having to deal with court cases involving the removal of children from families they are supporting
*Pray that our staff who have just returned from furlough are able to have a smooth transition back to work.
Nikki Kerr, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing
[Family Support Work is a charity that supports children and families in Sussex through difficult times in their lives. To donate to Family Support Work, please click to visit their website – Ed.]