Together For Change are pleased to pilot a new initiative that places Family Link Workers in both a school and local church to support families in need. The aim is to ‘parent the parents’ and work alongside families providing practical support in areas such as healthy eating, budgeting, food preparation, parenting classes, family routines and pastoral care. The Family Link Workers are based in Willenhall, Binley and Allesley Park and funding has been provided by the Multi Academy Trust, Together For Change and the Bishops Mission Fund, to the sum of £52,500, to enable the projects to take place. The aim is to strengthen links between the school and church in an attempt to gain learning on how best to support families in need. If the project is successful we will seek further funding and opportunities to develop the initiative across the diocese.
Rob and Helen are our Family Link Workers in Binley. Here is a little bit of background information on the two of them:
We were born and bred in Leicester but moved to Leamington Spa some 33 years.
Up until 2014 Rob has been working with people with learning difficulties and supporting them in their own homes. Helen having been a stay at home mum for our 4 girls had worked in Administration for many years. When not working we love spending time together, and with our friends. We enjoy ballroom dancing, walking, bird watching, going on holiday and spending time with our now very large family which includes 7 grandchildren!
Rob took early retirement in September 2014 and Helen finished working at St Mary’s after 20 years. We spent a year listening to what God wanted us to do – this led us to Jet and to become Family Link Workers. Our work takes us to St Bartholomew Church and School in Binley. We love being involved in both places and looking forward to seeing the families we are working with blossom and grow as families. We are planning running various courses with the families as well as holiday clubs and after school activities.