HELPING VULNERABLE FAMILIES TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE
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The Family Haven was established in 1988 to help disadvantaged and vulnerable families in Gloucestershire to a brighter future. We help parents and their pre-school children by providing a warm, caring and supportive day centre where assistance and encouragement is available to help them to improve the quality of their lives – it’s a literally a haven for families in Gloucester with small children who are facing difficult times.
We provide a nursery, which has an Outstanding rating from OFSTED, which offers a wonderful caring environment enabling the children briefly entrusted to our care to thrive and develop during this vital period of their lives. We also offer a client centre for parents, which offers support, emotional warmth and encouragement.
There are numerous other services for our families to benefit from as well. We serve a hot and nourishing family lunch for all clients and children; laundry facilities are available; free, good-quality second hand clothing is regularly made available, the is help with benefits, parenting classes and healthy eating workshops.
Forty or fifty children come through the doors each week which means that thousands of families who have found themselves in poor or temporary accommodation, or have had traumatic family experiences, serious illnesses or other desperate circumstances and are coping with small children with such problems have benefitted from finding a safe place, a good nursery with caring staff, practical help, wise advice and, above all, good support in the middle of the city. Some of the children who first came through the doors in the early years will now have children of their own and hopefully some of the skills their own parents learned will now be being passed on.
The Family Haven thrives through the hard work and dedication of a great number of very different people. Experienced and skilled office staff, cook, caring nursery staff, dedicated volunteers and fund-raisers as well as the generosity of our funders for which we are always grateful. They have all played a great part in the work of this very special charity.
John Price – Chair of Trustees