Family Support Hub
A family support hub is a single point of contact for families and professionals which coordinates a range of family support services (statutory, voluntary and community) to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of vulnerable children and families. The main aim of the hub is for professionals to work well together for the benefit of local children and families.
The core objective of the Family Support Hub is to enhance awareness, communication, and connectedness the coordination of family support services in local areas with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention.
There are many hubs within the local area, Dungiven, Strabane, Creggan, Shantallow, Waterside and Omagh/Enniskillen.
A hub is not a direct service but a collation of services and support available.
Families can self-refer and the hub will then decide what service is best to meet the needs of the family.
This can save time and better integration of services to ensure a family gets the right service at the right time of what is available.
RELATE NI as part of the TOGETHER FOR YOU project provides free professional counselling across Northern Ireland to those with RELATIONSHIP issues in the following areas: -
• Alcohol/Substance Misuse
Relate’s counselling services supports individuals, parents, carers and families where there may be a complexity of issues, including alcohol and drugs misuse, mental health problems, joblessness, domestic abuse and family relationship difficulties.
They may also be affected by low self-esteem and be poor decision makers due to complex multiple issues. Relate’s therapeutic counselling will help provide a safe, secure and supportive environment to improve their personal and family relationships. People can attend on their own or with their partner.
Relate would specifically encourage MEN to access the service.
TOGETHER FOR YOU is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland.
Together For You is an innovative project aimed at delivering mental health and wellbeing services to a range of people across Northern Ireland.
The £3 million Big Lottery Fund project is led by Action Mental Health (AMH) in association with Aware Defeat Depression, CAUSE, CRUSE, MindWise, Nexus, Praxis Care, Relate NI and The Rainbow Project.
Telephone: 028 9032 3454 for more information
Money Advice Sessions
• Budgeting in the household
• Renting issues
• House Buying
Helping children to manage transitions
For parents enquiring about ways to help their child better manage transitions at home. Suggestions from “Calm, Alert and Learning” by Stuart Shanker.
• If there is going to be a major transition, the parents talk about why it is happening and encourage the child to share his or her feelings about it.
• The parents give as much notice as possible when there will be a change in routine, such as visitors arriving or when an anticipated activity has been cancelled.
• The parents provide an age appropriate “countdown” to let the child know how much time he or she has remaining to enjoy an activity; this should lessen the upset experienced when it is time to stop and switch over to another activity (e.g. when it is time to stop playing and get ready for bed).
(Taken from SEN issue 74)
Tips to improve your child’s sleep difficulties and promote good sleep hygiene:
• Ensure your child’s room is dark or dimly lit by using a night light if they prefer sleeping with lights at night.
• Dark curtains or window blinds on windows will block out natural day light especially in the summer months.
• It is a good idea to keep TVs, computers and other electronic game devices out of your child’s bedroom.
• If your child insists they need their TV on you can reduce the brightness/contrast settings and avoid placing the TV too close to the bed.
• All electronic game, television, computers and cell phones be switched off about half an hour before your child’s bedtime.
• Young people should be encouraged to switch off all smart phones to avoid accessing the internet and social network sites.
• Reading can be a good bedtime activity, but a bedside lamp placed close to the bed may prevent sleep. It is advisable for any reading to stop at least half an hour before bed time.
• Make sure your child is not hungry before bedtime, especially if they’re on medication for ADHD. A snack may be beneficial as a top-up, but ensure it is carbohydrate rich, for example, oat cakes or cereal. Other foods that can help induce sleep are yogurt, milk (especially warm), cheese, oats, bananas, poultry, eggs, peanuts, fish and whole grains may also help if a child is deficient in magnesium.
• Avoid foods that can stimulate your child including drinks containing caffeine (tea, coffee, sports drinks etc.).
• If your child regularly takes part in physical sports late in the evenings, they may need so time to calm down before going to sleep. A pre-bedtime healthy snack and warm milk if they are hungry, or even a shower or a bath, may be helpful.
• It is important to ensure your child has a relaxing bedtime routine. This could include adding a few drops of lavender oil to their pillow and the use of relaxation CDs or doing some yoga exercises.
• If the above strategies are unsuccessful after a month, complete a two to three week sleep diary and discuss this with a health, school or sleep professional.