Community Family Support Programme (CFSP)

The Community Family Support Programme (CFSP) is a ‘Pathways to Success’ initiative and a Delivering Social Change signature project entitled ‘Pathways to Employment for Young People’. The programme has been designed to help families make life changing decisions to enhance their prospects and become full participants in society.

The CFSP supports families (primarily with children and young people aged 14 – 18 years) with a high level of need to develop their capacity to reach their full potential by addressing the health, social, economic, educational, employment and training issues that impact on their daily lives.

The programme also aims to prevent young people falling into the NEET category and help other young people who find themselves in this situation to re-engage with education, training or employment.

Professional support workers engage and consult with parents of children and young people to promote early intervention and high quality parenting and to identify solutions to address their specific needs.

Families engage in a wide range of activities during their participation on the programme such as walking clubs, dance classes, healthy eating, cooking programmes, developing and maintaining allotments, money management, stress management, confidence building, motivational and life coaching classes.

The programme also provides one to one employment advice and mentoring to family members and supports them with job search, CV writing, interview techniques and presentation skills. As part of the confidence building element of the programme family members participate on short accredited training courses and work placements.

Entry to the CFSP is voluntary and recruitment of families to the programme is sought from a range of sources including the local network of Family Support Hubs, the relevant Health and Social Care Trusts and other family support agencies / organisations in the voluntary and community sectors. Families can also self refer from within their local communities.

The CFSP providers work closely and in partnership with other stakeholders to ensure families receive the support they need and if appropriate help from specialist organisations.

The programme commenced in November 2013 and will support 720 families throughout Northern Ireland to March 2015. The CFSP funding allocation is £4m for 2013 – 2015.

For further information, see NI Direct external link or view the attached leaflet

This project is part funded by the Northern Ireland Executive's Delivering Social Change fund.