What We Do

Play work
Family Support Work is a charity (No. 285337) helping vulnerable children and their families in Sussex since 1890.  We work with families who are in or facing crisis and who need help to overcome multiple, complex issues. We offer: home visits, support groups, drop-ins, play opportunities for children, and supported family breaks with our community workers. We also provide food, clothing and toys to the families we work with, where needed.

Free and confidential support is offered to parents or carers and their children age 0-18. We work with all types of families and with anyone who has responsibility for the care of children, whether they are married, single, separated, partners, divorced, bereaved or grandparents. We support all family members.

Our community based work is focussed mainly on deprived coastal areas and isolated rural areas of Sussex.  Common issues are:

  • unemployment
  • poor quality housing
  • mental health difficulties
  • long standing life limiting illness or disability
  • learning difficulties
  • abuse in the home
  • inability to afford food/ clothing.

We find that families in crisis withdraw themselves from the community through lack of self-esteem and self-confidence, become isolated, depressed and unfortunately susceptible to alcoholism or drug abuse.

Our goal is to help families cope with today and achieve a better future by rebuilding a strong family unit.

The families we support include:

  • offenders
  • asylum seekers and refugees
  • substance abusers
  • minority ethnic groups
  • children and young people at risk.

Families are our focus and resolving family difficulties is our aim. Rebuilding local families’ lives is our outcome. We provide one-to-one support to over 100 families per year (approximately 300 children) and run play activities attended by almost 1000 children and their parents/carers.

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Our latest Accounts and report 2015-2016

Our Annual Review 2015-16


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