Mediationplus has secured 3 years funding from the Big Lottery to provide services to the separating and separated families of Swindon and North Wiltshire.
After an initial assessment, the CLASSP project will make referrals for clients to a range of services which can provide advice, emotional support, counselling, mediation and parenting support.
CLASSP can help separating families:
– deal with the emotional distress of children who, as a result of parental separation, are having difficulties at home or in school
– resolve conflict between parents over issues such as money, property or their children
– resolve parental disputes about child residence, contact and holiday arrangements
– find support for the emotional distress associated with separation and the difficulty in parenting effectively, whilst suffering from anger, depression or grief
– access support services specialising in domestic violence
– find advice and support on debt management, budgeting, claiming benefits and negotiating maintenance payments
Wendy Law, CLASSP Project Development Manager says that:
‘By contacting CLASSP, separating parents can be signposted and referred to projects and services that can provide specialist help and advice in dealing with the many issues that can arise when there is a family breakdown’.
Jeni Burchell CEO of mediationplus adds that:
‘Family breakdown is very distressing for everyone involved. Separating can have wide ranging effects on the whole family including emotional distress, adjusting to significant changes of familiar routines, the profound negative effect on family finances and the effects of separation on children.
Along with the other projects provided by mediationplus, CLASSP offers access to a range of services to separating families at one of the most difficult and stressful times’.
As well as providing services, CLASSP will be offering a range of volunteering opportunities for service users and clients including:
A separated parents’ voluntary committee, to help shape future service development and delivery for separated families locally.
Support and training for volunteers to act as mentors to help other families going through a relationship breakdown.
For further information about the project, please contact the CLASSP project on 01793 527285