Cash boost for Home-Start Harlow

homestartESSEX County Council has announced a new round of grants being awarded under the Family Innovation Fund 2. Nineteen grants, totalling £409,235 have been awarded to 13 voluntary and community sector organisations working across Essex. Funding is for the year from August 2013 to the end of July 2014.

Among the Harlow groups are: Home-Start Harlow based at the Latton Bush Centre.

The Family Innovation Fund (FIF) has already successfully enabled the voluntary and community sector to begin developing new ways of working and to implement a range of knowledge/research based practice. With grants totalling £409,235, the primary focus of Family Innovation Fund 2 is to support the delivery of positive outcomes for children and young people aged 5-19 and their families in Essex, by a) reducing challenging behaviours in families and b) reduce young people’s risky behaviours.

Grant allocations have been targeted to areas of greatest need across Essex and work within the FIF projects will complement existing Essex County Council and partner organisations’ services which work with families with complex needs in order to prevent the need for specialist/intensive interventions by building resilience within individuals and families.

Councillor Dick Madden, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “We are pleased to announce this new round of grants from the Family Innovation Fund 2. We very much look forward to working with our partners in the voluntary and community sectors to make a genuine difference to the lives of young people and their families.”

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