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Harlow voluntary groups can bid for family funding

News / Fri 28th Feb 2014 pm28 05:18pm

ESSEX County Council is pleased to announce the award of 57 grants from the Family Innovation Fund to voluntary and community sector organisations across Essex.

The Family Innovation Fund (FIF) enables voluntary and community sector organisations working with children, young people and parents/carers to establish a range of projects to support families. All funded projects are targeted at increasing the skills and capacity within families to function more effectively.

Work within the FIF projects will complement existing ECC and partner organisations’ services which work with families with a high level of need, and where possible prevent the need for specialist/intensive interventions.

Essex County Councillor Dick Madden, Cabinet Member for Families and Children, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to run the Family Innovation Fund for the fourth time. The projects this fund supports help deliver change to the lives of families in need of a little extra help.

“I am aware of the good work delivered by previous Family Innovation Fund projects and am confident that this year’s funding will deliver outcomes that will improve the lives of children and young people across the county.”

The Family Innovation Fund will support a wide range of projects. Some, like the Essex Boys and Girls Clubs Respect programme for young people, will be delivered across the county and support young people build resilience and develop the skills needed to build positive relationships and achieve their potential.

Others are more locally based, like the SWAN project delivered by Extra Support for Families in the North East of the county supporting the parents of children and young people with additional needs to develop positive parenting skills.

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