Project is expanding

A project which aims to improve the lives of families who have children on the Child Protection register is expanding in Cambridgeshire.

Funded by Cambridgeshire County Council, the Volunteers in Child Protection Project (VCIP) was initially set up in Fenland, but has now expanded to include the East Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire areas.

Volunteers visit the families for around two hours per week at a time on a regular basis – at a time that suits them - for six months. They build a relationship of mutual trust and respect and offer encouragement and support to help them get back on track.

The volunteers can offer a range of support, from helping with routines and managing households to practical issues, such as managing appointments, form filling and budgeting. Most importantly, the volunteer helps the family to work together to become stronger and more self sufficient.

The project is run by CSV in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council. Project Manager Jo Fitzpatrick said: “It works well because the families don’t feel like they’re being judged. The volunteers are there to support, encourage and help. Often these families can feel they have been continually let down and having someone coming into their home to help on a regular basis that they can trust can produce truly amazing results.”

Volunteers are fully trained, receive ongoing support and expenses are paid. Male volunteers would be especially welcome as many families can benefit from a positive male role model.

Anyone interested in volunteering for this project should contact Jo Fitzpatrick, Project Manager at jfitzpatrick@csv.org.uk or on 07748 952349.