Family Support

Many families face an increasing number of complex and challenging issues that leave them struggling to cope.  We are here to empower and strengthen families to enable change, positive family functioning and to minimise the long term impact on their children's 'health & emotional well being'.  

Family Support is a well-established targeted home visiting service that has been engaging Parents and Children since 1978 within the Belfast and the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust areas.  Our work includes a range of interventions including; short term support, intensive help out of hours and longer term regular day time support at Tiers 2, 3 and 4 of the Northern Ireland Family Support Model.  Our aim is to support families during difficult periods in their lives, especially where this will contribute to keeping children with their parents. 

Our evidence-informed approach has evolved over many years of ongoing research, development and learning through delivery. Our services are tailored to each child, young person and family and the context in which they live including: their specific needs and strengths; lifestyle and culture. We place a particularly strong focus on the expertise of our highly skilled Support Workers who establish high quality relationships. These develop through mentoring and setting practical examples of doing things differently. This relational model supports growing confidence so that family members:  take responsibility and ownership; engage and are motivated and ultimately achieve real and lasting change.

 

Referral Process

  • Your Family Intervention Team (FIT) Social Worker will discuss with you making a referral to the Bryson Family Support Service based on your assessed area of need
  • On receipt of the referral we will send you an acknowledgment letter, provide additional information on our service and / or set up a Preliminary Meeting to meet with you in your home
  • We will contact you by telephone or letter to arrange a Referral Meeting to meet with you in your home along with the FIT Social Worker, Bryson Family Support Manager and Bryson Family Support Worker
  • At this meeting we will agree with you your assessed area of need and days and times of visits

Key Contact

Belfast Family Support

Bryson House 28 Bedford Street Belfast BT2 7FE

Intensive Family Support

Bryson House 28 Bedford Street Belfast BT2 7FE

Ards & North Down Family Support

22 Hamilton Road Bangor BT20 4LE

Dunmurry Family Support

Colin Family Centre Pembroke Loop Road Belfast BT17 0PH

Down Family Support

Unit 17, Down Business Park 46 Belfast Road Downpatrick BT30 9UP
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