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Choices for Change is a friendly, approachable, professional service for families who would like to communicate more and work better together to set themselves goals they can achieve. We are highly trained, experienced professionals with a passion for working with families to find their strengths and solve their own problems.
If you are or have been partners and you feel you have experienced or participated in behaviour which could be controlling financially, physically or emotionally or threatening in any way, we could help you.
We could help your family work out how to improve communication and move forward in your lives, whether you choose to do that together or apart. When working with Choices for Change you define who and what family means for you.
With the Choices for Change team you and your family could choose to:
Meet on your own, with another member of your family or with all your family, friends and neighbours, supported and guided by a practitioner who will listen and help you work out how to listen and work together.
Have one to one or small group support and tutoring for children or young people to support them in school or college.
Ask for help to speak to schools or colleges about problems your family has and how they can help.
Ask for one to one help and support for children or young people who are moving between schools, school years or from school to college.
Ask for help with independent living skills like financial management.
Learn how to be a mentor to others in your family and support each other.
Ask for help communicating with someone in prison and preparing for them to return to the family.
Learn about restorative parenting.
Where there has been domestic abuse, work with specialists in small groups on services and programmes.
Rescue and support to keep and maintain the family home.
Support to set and achieve goals and deal with issues including: drugs, alcohol, child protection, domestic violence, budgeting, benefits, mental health problems, housing, health, asylum, family education, volunteering, employment, offending behaviour and anti-social behaviour.
“I felt my life was all over the place both emotional and feeling drained….I now feel stronger and confident in myself and feel better. I have also had good support and advice from the service” service user
“Before the service got involved I felt down most of the time and there was a lot going on. I am now feeling a lot happier and my problems are/have been solved.
I’m also feeling more confident. The service has improved us talking as a family a lot and it is much easier to communicate” service user (14yrs)
“I trusted them, and they listened.” Service user
“Everyone should have this service. I didn’t feel judged. It helped me to see what I wanted and feel confident about sticking to it. Thank you.” Service user
“Choices for Change have worked really well to support the family to figure out where they fit within the expectations from Children’s Services. The service has allowed them to explore and try out change, in a way that they were previously unable to.” IFST Member
“I believe the service was invaluable to the couple making the necessary positive changes required to ensure the safeguarding of their child and I am aware that the couple are complimentary of the service and thankful for the support they received” Principal Social Worker