Support from Charitable Trusts, Foundations and the Big Lottery is vital for Family Action to continue working with families in need. We receive support from these funders to pilot innovative and new services, as well as to deliver additional support that can enhance our core work.
One such example is our Perinatal Support Project, funded by the Big Lottery. With their support, we were able to pilot this project and evaluate the impact it had. We have since sought funding to keep it running and roll it out to additional locations across the country, supporting more women when they need it the most. Women like Lina.
Lina was referred to Family Action’s Perinatal Project in East London after she had taken an overdose; at the time her baby was just four months old.
Lina came to the UK to be a cleaner – the ‘company’ she came through took all of her papers on arrival and subjected her to years of torture within the sex trade. She was a victim of trafficking. After three years, she managed to flee to a refuge where she found out she was pregnant.
Lina was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and after her baby was born, took prescribed medication to help. Following a traumatic experience with the immigration services, she took an overdose. It was at this point that Family Action’s Perinatal Project started to work with Lina and her baby.
Through building relationships with the co-ordinator and a trained volunteer befriender, we helped Lina to access services, increase her social network, and showed her how to love and care for her child. Her befriender visited for three hours once a week and was there to provide emotional support – a listening ear, a friend at the end of the phone and a hand to hold at the beginning of the next chapter of their lives in the UK.
During these visits Lina began to speak about her experiences within the sex trade, her concerns about being a mother and thinking about the future of her baby. Her befriender was there to help every step of the way.
Family Action arranged for Lina to attend free ESOL classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages) which have enabled her to focus on getting ready to start employment. With Family Action’s support, Lina and her baby are now both doing well and have a loving and positive future ahead of them.
We are always keen to work with new Charitable Trusts and Foundations. Whether you’re looking to fund a specific project or support our work in a certain location, we’d be delighted to find out more about your criteria and work with you to invest in vulnerable families and children.
We report regularly to all of our funders and are able to offer project visits to see first-hand how your support is making a difference. You can see a full list of our current supporters in our latest Annual Reports and Accounts.
If you are a Trustee, or have links with a charitable Trust or Foundation that you think could work well with Family Action, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please get in touch by email or phone: 020 7254 6251.