FIF- Early Help Services- Parents and children 8 – 19 yrs

  • Life Coaching – parents and  young people 14+
  • Mentoring – young people 8+      Mentoring – parents

This Early Intervention Service reaches out to parents and young people when the early signs of emotional and physical distress appear.

Mentoring parents – Adult trained mentors provide a regular and frequent contact with parents or young people, and may be matched based on a mutual interest in a particular activity to support the individual to achieve their goals. Mentors can support peer parenting, home management or could assist a person to achieve goals such as how to plan, organise or attend local activities.

Mentoring young people – Adult trained mentors with a variety of skills and experience are supported to match to young people to offer the assistance of a dedicated person. It could be to offer a listening ear, friendship or share experiences to enable a young person to upskill or make a vital change in their life.

Those being mentored find they need the dedicated support of another person to help them navigate their way through life and difficult circumstances.

Life Coaching Service – Can help families develop, learn new skills, find personal success, achieve aims and to manage life changes and personal challenges. Coaching can address attitudes , behaviours and knowledge, as well as skills. It provides young people 14+ and parent with the opportunity to reflect, think about their options, progress and succeed.

Groups – Can offer both mentoring and coaching and can be designed to meet the needs of the parent or young person. Sessions are designed to reduce isolation, provide a platform to develop social skills, experience peer support and build new skills.

The service will begin with a key worker visiting you at home, explaining the project and working with the parent or young person to design a bespoke offer of Early Help, which could include one-to-one mentoring for children and young people 8+, and/or peer group mentoring. Coaching sessions are for a parent or family member aged 14+.

The FIF Coaching and Mentoring service will support families across North East Essex quadrant Tendring and Colchester.

  • Home-Start Colchester
  • Inclusion Ventures
  • Life Coach – Leonara Brooker

We can support children, young people and parents with the following needs:

  • Negative behaviour that impacts the dynamic of a family.
  • Risky behaviours that lead to poor physical and emotional outcomes.
  • Aggressive behaviour that leads to violence.
  • The breakdown of parental or family relationships.
  • Social isolation.

The only restriction to accessing these services is that the person being referred is not already in receipt of other additional or specialist need support services.

Download the Early Help Services Leaflet for more information.

Download a Referral Form