Families experiencing persistent poverty and social exclusion in the UK today need more support than ever to ensure their well-being and provide a better future for children. The challenges faced by these families, however, are complex and range from poor health and inadequate housing with little access to recreation to a lack of regular employment, financial emergencies often linked to debt or housing arrears and a lack of opportunities for educational and cultural development.
It is for these very reasons that the promotion of a holistic, proactive approach to family support that builds upon the strengths and ambitions of each family in the context of their community, and endeavours to work in partnership with other professionals involved in their lives, is at the heart of our work.
Through One-to-One Support, Getting Away From It and Skill-Sharing / Access to Volunteering, ATD Fourth World bases its Family Support Programme on a relationship of trust with each family that is built over the long-term. This relationship can then inform our efforts with policy makers by reconnecting families with services and professionals so that they can work together and learn from each other. It is only by bringing all these elements together that we can combat isolation and exclusion and reinforce those steps people in poverty take to make changes in their own lives.