Over the last five years, our amazing teams of Family Mentors have been delivering Small Steps At Home and a range of community groups and activities to families in Aspley, Bulwell, Hyson Green & Arboretum, and St Ann’s.
Their hard work means that Small Steps At Home has benefited over 1,969 children!* We’re incredibly proud of what our Family Mentors have achieved so far.
* Number of children whose parent/s had a Family Mentor between September 2015 and March 2020.
It was always part of our plan to recommission the Family Mentor service at the half-way point of the programme. It’s a chance for us to take stock, assess what’s working, and improve the service for the next five years.
We’re delighted that two of the organisations we’ve been working with over the last five years have successfully bid for the new contracts and will continue to deliver Small Steps at Home to SSBC families. There will be no disruption to families who already have a Family Mentor.
The contract for Aspley has been awarded to Home-Start Nottingham.
Mike Scott, Chair of Trustees for Home-Start Nottingham, said: “We are delighted at the decision by SSBC to enable us to continue the work we have been doing in Aspley for the past five years and the vote of confidence in our plans for the future. Everyone in our team has worked incredibly hard to offer the best possible service to local families – especially since the lockdown - and we are all looking forward to tackling the challenges ahead.”
Home-Start will be working with Framework, who currently deliver Small Steps at Home in Hyson Green & Arboretum and St Ann’s.
Claire Windebank, Framework's Operations Manager for Younger Persons' Services, said: "We are delighted that we have the opportunity to work in partnership with Home-Start. As contract managers we will be taking care of performance monitoring and will do anything else we can to provide support. At the same time I am sure the working relationship with Home-Start will enable us to learn things that will contribute to the delivery of our successful Family Mentor service in St Ann's and Hyson Green & Arboretum."
The contract for Bulwell has been awarded to The Toy Library.
Steve Parkinson, Service Director at The Toy Library, said: “We are over the moon to be able to carry on delivering and developing the innovative Family Mentor Service in Bulwell for another five years. The Toy Library was set up by local people in Bulwell over forty years ago and we are really proud to be running this brilliant service for children and families here now, in partnership with SSBC.”
The Family Mentor Service also provides volunteering opportunities for people in the local community, through local groups and activities. Home-Start and the Toy Library will deliver this part of the service until the end of the programme. For the last five years, the volunteer service has been successfully delivered by Groundwork Greater Nottingham.
Claire Hale, Head of Operations at Groundwork Greater Nottingham, said: “Groundwork Greater Nottingham is delighted to have been an integral part of the partnership who delivered the first SSBC Family Mentor North contract, and it has been a pleasure to help the project flourish, and realise our vision. Alongside the Family Mentor support, many of the almost 2000 children and families enjoying SSBC were also supported by our wonderful team of volunteers; to date 105 volunteers have supported the programme delivering nearly 7000 hours of activity with families, with 15 of those volunteers moving into paid employment as a result of their volunteering. The programme really is transformational in so many ways. Groundwork’s contribution wouldn’t have been possible without those volunteers or our dedicated programme staff, Janet, Richard, Kat and Amy, to whom we extend our heartfelt thanks."
SSBC is looking forward to working with such passionate and well respected local organisations to drive forward the Small Steps at Home service for the benefit of families in our wards.
Sheona Dalton, Business, Finance, Procurement & Contracts Manager at SSBC said: “I have really enjoyed working alongside The Toy Library, Home-Start and Framework over the last 5 years. We have all learnt so much during this time and it has been really inspiring to see the Family Mentor Service and Volunteers grow from an idea into a valued part of the community.”
Find out more about Small Steps at Home. You can get a free Family Mentor if you live in an SSBC ward. If you’re interested in signing up, call your local Family Mentor team: 0115 883 6720