The Community Family Support Programme offers a range of support to the whole family. It will help you to overcome any barriers in the family home in order to return to education, training or employment.
What support will I receive?
The programme is specifically tailored to meet your family needs therefore the support you receive is dependent on what your family requires. You will be offered both family and employability support.
You will be allocated a Family Liaison Officer who will meet with you on a regular basis to provide practical support such as:
Who is eligible?
Your family can take part in the programme if you:
Have an individual in the family aged 16+ who are not in education, training or employment, or working under 16 hours
Are committed to seeking ways to improve your lives
Where does it operate?
Family Liaison Officers can meet you in your family home, at one of our People 1st offices or anywhere in the community that is convenient to you; your local job centre, library, community centres or coffee shop. We cover the following areas:
Aaron: ‘With my time working with People 1st programme, I have found it a fantastic opportunity that has helped me and my family very much. I would highly recommend this programme to anyone who is seeking help/work. Corriene and Carmel, two women I worked alongside have motivated me and helped me in so many ways. I feel I’ve came such a long way with all their constant support and help. Thanks again.’
Marcus: ‘Family support has helped me and my mum with getting to our appointments, they helped me with my CV and looking for jobs. They also helped with emotional support for both me and my mum. We would be lost without them.’
Helen: ’It was knowing someone was there to guide and advise, to talk to and get help and advice regarding work and courses. It gives you confidence to get out there and do stuff!’
Jacqueline: 'I suffer from mental health and People 1st has helped me better than my cpn and nhs. My support worker Giselle has done a lot for me and changed my life with getting me into Scraboveiw which I go to 3 days a week. And to Gillian who I do my Numeracy Essential Skills with. Don't know where I would be without People 1st'
Who should I contact?
02892 600 308
Family Liaison Officer - North Down
07436 535 387
Family Liaison Officer - Newtownards
07436 535 390
Family Liaison Officer - Lisburn
07436 535 388
Family Liaison Officer - Castlereagh
07436 535 389
Employability and Training Officer - North Down and Newtownards
02892 665 100
02892 665 100
This programme is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.
“ The provision of tailored, needs led one to one family and employability support is a strength of the project and has been a key factor in achieving and sustaining the high retention rates to date….. ”
ETI Inspection December 2017
Overall Outcome: Very Good