Stronger Families

Young family four persons, smiling father mother and two childreStronger Families is Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council’s response to the governments Troubled Families agenda, and supports those families who are particularly vulnerable and face multiple challenges. YWCA Yorkshire works collaboratively with the council through an assertive outreach approach, to minimise the barriers that they face, and to encourage full participation in the community. A tenacious team of dedicated workers offers practical, hands on support but also employs innovative practices to engage individuals.

Last Friday afternoon I spent time with Donna at her home in Balby, and heard from her how she had turned around her and her family’s lives with the help of the stronger families programme. Eighteen months ago, Donna and her family faced eviction and social care interventions. Now, with the help and encouragement of YWCA worker Carol, Donna’s home is clean and welcoming, her son is at college and wants a career in construction and her daughters are doing well at school. This week, Donna spoke at our early intervention conference to share her experience and explain to us how we can get far better results by working in a different way and giving workers the tools to get the job done. Thank you Donna and Carol and thanks to the stronger families team and all who work with it to help families like Donna’s turn their fortunes around” Doncaster council