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Below are a range of Targeted Programmes that Family Action Barrow offer. If you require more information please email: [email protected]


Breastfeeding Support & Infant Feeding

Breastfeeding Support & Infant Feeding

The aim of the infant feeding group is to give evidence based information on infant feeding (breastfeeding and formula feeding) including weaning.  Anti-natal support enabling families to make an informed choice. Breastfeeding support can be practical, giving information and advice including attachment and positioning and feeding out and about, also offering emotional support to family of young children.

How it works
A weekly 1-1 programme or group session that can it be run at home or school.
Infant feeding can also be delivered at home.

Early Days Targeted Programme

Early Days Targeted Programme

Information around How to massage your baby, Understanding your babies sleep, When to start to wean your baby, Your babies development, First aid skills for your baby and how to keep your baby safe.

How it works
Information for the programme is available through Health Visitor clinics or our Early Days team. These happen on the alternative weeks that the Health Visitor clinics occur. 1.5 hours x 4 weeks. This Group can be accessed by checking our Facebook page for dates or bookings are arranged during Health Visitor clinics.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

The Helping Hands programme enables children to learn a set of protective behaviours, teaching them to express their feelings, make choices and solve problems. Working as part of a group, children are helped to build self-esteem and confidence, giving them a sense of their own value and understand the need for sensitivity to significant events in their own and other people’s lives. The Helping Hands programme helps children to develop a strong sense of themselves and an ability to be able to express their own wants and needs.

How it works
The Helping Hands programme consists of activity sheets in a booklet for children to complete. Alongside this, workers use a variety of resources, games and activities to embed the children’s learning and make sessions fun to attend. The Helping Hands programme consists of eight sessions. Each session will usually last for an hour. Is it a 1-1 programme or group or both. Helping Hands can be delivered to a small group of children or on a one to one basis, depending on the needs and circumstances of the child. Can it be run at home or school. The programme is usually delivered to children in a school setting. However, it can also be adapted to be delivered at home or in one of our local Centres.


Portage 1-1 or Group Targeted Programme

The Portage service empowers and enables parents to be confident teaching their child new skills using the three elements of the Portage model: Family Focus, Child-Led Play and Structured Teaching.

Portage supports families to use a small-steps approach to learning, breaking down long term goals into achievable targets that are practical, immediate and relevant for the child. Through playing and learning together, families and children are supported to build upon what the child can already do to progress and develop their skills.
Partnership is key to Portage, placing children and families at the centre and recognising parents as lead roles in their child’s education. Partnership also extends to multi-agency working with all involved with the child and family. By working in genuine partnership with families the Portage service supports and enables parents, offering practical strategies, signposting and joint problem solving. This empowers parents to make informed choices about their child’s development whilst supporting them to feel confident in their own abilities.

How it works
It is delivered to the parent’s and child. Sessions can also be done in partnership with other specialist agencies working with the child. Sessions are delivered at home or in the family hub.
Portage is an educational service for pre-school children with SEND and their families.

Recovery Toolkit

Recovery Toolkit 1-1 or Group Targeted Programme

The programme aims to provides tools so that women who have experienced domestic abuse can maximise their own potential. Each session builds on the previous week, while the underpinning message throughout the whole process of the course is a valuing of the women’s own strengths and resources and her coping skills which have helped her and her family to survive. This valuing attitude empowers the women to contribute positively to their own safety and well-being and that of their children, on a long-term basis.

How it works
The Recovery Toolkit is a 12 week programme for women who have experienced domestic abuse and are no longer in that relationship. It is a closed group ran at the Children’s Centres and therefore participants are expected to attend sessions every week.

  • Week 1 – Introductions.
  • Week 2 – What is abuse and recognising the warning signs.
  • Week 3 – Introduction to Self Esteem.
  • Week 4 – Coping with the psychological distress. Bill of Rights.
  • Week 5 – The effects of abuse on children and parenting skills.
  • Week 6 – Raising self-esteem through affirmations and positive self-talk.
  • Week 7 – Anger, conflict and how to be assertive.
  • Week 8 – Anger, conflict and assertiveness revisited.
  • Week 9 – Identifying boundaries and how to put them in place.
  • Week 10 – Loss and what can be reclaimed. Review of the Bill of Rights.
  • Week 11 – Recognising warning signs and handling intimacy.
  • Week 12- Measuring the increase in self-esteem and celebrating success