Community Family Support Programme (CFSP)

The Community Family Support Programme (CFSP) will be delivered through the new NI European Social Fund Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme from April 2015.

The aim of the CFSP will be to support families with a high level of need to develop their capacity to reach their full potential by addressing the employment, educational, training, health, social and economic issues that impact on their daily lives.

As an objective under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme, the main focus of the programme will be on employability with a family support dimension.

A specific objective of the programme is to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in Northern Ireland.

The three components of the programme will be to provide:-

  • an employability mentoring support service to address family members (of 16+years) educational, employment and training needs
  • a family support and referral service to address family members’ health, social and economic needs
  • a mentoring support service to address family members aged 13 to 16 educational needs to help prevent them falling into the NEET category


  • each family participating on the programme must have a young person aged 16 to 24 years in the NEET category
  • a typical profile of a family is one with multiple needs to be addressed (employment, educational, training, health, social and economic) and is volunteering to develop their capacity to improve their lives

The programme will support families and family members:-

  • address issues that are preventing participants finding and sustaining employment, for example, lack of essential skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT, self confidence, motivation, social skills, qualifications and experience, and develop solutions to overcome these issues
  • develop skills to find work, for example completing CVs, job-searching and preparation for job interviews
  • access suitable education, employment and training opportunities
  • address family health, social and economic issues, for example parenting skills, alcohol and drug misuse,  healthy eating, stress, money management and isolation. Referral to other organisations for specialist support
  • address the educational needs of young people aged 13 to 16 years in partnership with schools, parents and educational welfare officers to improve for example punctuality, school attendance and homework routine

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