Support for struggling families

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STRUGGLING families in Fenland with children subject to a Child Protection Plan are set to receive volunteer support - thanks to UK volunteering charity Community Service Volunteers (CSV) with funding from Cambridgeshire County Council.

CSV’s groundbreaking Volunteers in Child Protection project (ViCP) aims to help 20 local families 
by matching them with fully trained and screened volunteers who will visit them in their own homes to provide basic parenting help and support.

The project will help families to make positive changes so they no longer need to be on a protection plan or have a social worker.

Each family will be carefully matched to a volunteer who will visit on a regular basis and provide practical help, advice and support.

Jo Fitzpatrick, CSV Volunteers in Child Protection Project Manager, said: ‘’The volunteers can show families how to organise themselves so children get to school on time, or even show them how they can enjoy time together as a family. It’s all about helping with the practicalities.

At the end of the day, children aren’t in a position to make changes in the family but the adults are and these changes can only benefit the family as a whole, making for a more relaxed atmosphere.’’

Volunteers do not need to live in the Fenland area to apply, but the families they help will be from that area, so access to transport is necessary.

Volunteers will be fully trained and will need to be able to commit for a minimum of 6 months.

Anyone interested in volunteering for this project, or wanting to know more, should contact Jo Fitzpatrick on 07748 952349 or email