Advice and Guidance, Partner services


Please take a look at the Directory for other services that may be able to provide support

Bereavement

The Lullaby Trust

The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families. Further information available on the website.

Star Bereavement

Star Bereavement Support Service provides a range of bereavement support services to children and young people in Wakefield. Our vision is that all bereaved children and young people who live within the region will have access to the appropriate support they need to rebuild their lives when someone important to them has died. For access to support visit our website.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate HCP grief and loss support service

A new support and advice service is being launched to help people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate through grief and loss.  The free service, commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, will be delivered by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Independent Hospices Consortium, Bradford Bereavement Services Consortium and Leeds Mind. The practical and emotional support and advice service will be available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.  The service is available on a FREE helpline: 0800 1963833 or chat online

Full details on the new service can be found here

 

Employment Advice

Step Up

Wakefield’s Employment and Skills Service, each of our STEP-UP advisers are specialists in looking for and sustaining work, careers advice and guidance or business support.  Further information can be found on their website.

Princes Trust

We are pleased to announce we are running some more online employability & wellbeing sessions.

Eligibility: It is available to 16 - 30 year olds, living within Yorkshire and Humber.

Location: Sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams (app is free to download). We will email the meeting link out to young people and they access the session via the link.

Course information: Sessions will be held on a rolling weekly basis, with employability sessions on a Tuesday and Wellbeing sessions on a Thursday.

Please note it is NOT necessary to attend every session, young people can attend whichever sessions they would like to or would find most beneficial.

Employability sessions will cover topics including: employability skills, CV building, interview techniques and communication.  Wellbeing sessions will cover topics including: resilience, confidence, money management and relationships.  After the programme there is the option to have up to 6 months of mentoring with a Prince’s Trust Mentor.

For further information click here.  Click for information on Health and Social care and retail opportunities in Leeds

Think Family Employment Advisors

Offering a range of practical employment support to families such as; 

  • Attending accompanied home visits with Practitioners or meet families in a suitable location close to the family’s home, establish strong links with families to identify and overcome barriers to work
  • Supporting with benefit issues and queries
  • Promoting the benefits of employment by providing families with a direct employment advisory and support role using expertise of the local labour market, skills provision, and calculating better off in work calculations to demonstrate how much families may be able to receive when they have found work.
  • Supporting with creating a CV
  • Supporting and encouraging families to look for work using internet and completing employment application forms
  • Supporting families to enrol for suitable training available through Jobcentre Plus or other training providers
  • Working alongside Practitioners to reach the most appropriate outcome for the family

More information and referral contact details can be found on their newsletter.

 

Financial Support

Cash Wise

Cash Wise is a financial support service for everyone living in the district providing help with benefits, managing money and cooking for a family on a budget.  Click here for further information

 

Family Support               

Barnardos; See, Hear, Respond

Providing support for children adversely affected by lockdown/exposed to harm to receive support to prevent escalation of difficulties

Please find the referral portal here https://www.barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond

Home-Start

Home-Start provides a service which is district wide and is open to parents of children up to the age of 11 years.   

  • Will work with parents, with low level needs (Level 1& 2 on Continuum of need), offering early intervention to overcome physical and emotional barriers to: accessing services, reducing social isolation, loneliness and social inactivity.  
  • Offer families opportunities for cooking together on a budget, to enhance skills and assist with budgeting. 
  • Inform, support and signpost children eligible for FSM to activities, services and resources, which lessen the impact of poverty on the family.  
  • Offer activities for families and children, and work with other partners to offer free or low cost, activities and opportunities. 
  • The core service will also train parents who wish to become peer support volunteers for other families in the district.  

This leads to an individual learning plan which can enhance a CV and demonstrate employability.  

Please take a look on their website here , find them on Facebook and click here for the referral form

Young Lives

Lives Consortium (YLC) is a membership organization of Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) groups working with children, young people and families across the Wakefield District. We work alongside a broad range of services which include charities, voluntary and community groups, uniform and faith groups providing play, youth services, sports services, and more. We support our members to ensure that every child in the Wakefield District is able to meet the five Every Child Matters outcomes, Be healthy, Stay safe, Enjoy and achieve, Make a positive contribution, Achieve economic well being

Click here to visit our website

 

Health

Wakefield 0 - 19 service

The 0 – 19 service are still very much here to support the health and wellbeing of everyone, in your family and continue to be available for breastfeed, weaning, bed wetting and child development and emotional difficulties.

The Team can be contacted on 01924 310133, Monday to Friday 9 till 5. Lots of information and support can be found on the website.  Information about the teams current offer can be found here.

 

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in Wakefield can talk to you about mental health concerns. If you’re a young person aged 16 to 17, a parent or carer of a child or young person, or a professional such as a GP, teacher or social care worker, you can get in touch now: www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/camhs-wakefield

Also available are CAMHS a guide for young people, families and carers a poster to display in your setting and information about referral changes.Wakefield CAMHS have developed a resources area which has lots of information and downloadable workbooks, leaflets and materials to help support families.

Future in Mind Community Navigators

See the work of community navigators, alongside Kooth CAMHS and Schools here.

The Future in Mind Community Navigators team are based in 7  organisations  Homestart, Rosalie Ryrie Foundation,  Next Generation,  Hemsworth District Partnership, St Georges, Havercroft and Ryhill Leisure and the Well.

Term time they bring different specialisms e,g early intervention re domestic abuse controlling behaviours, early years, BAME expertise, Youth work and they  work in the schools delivering resilience programmes and during the holiday they deliver activities in their areas .

The CN’s  run the drop in and chat 1-5 and 7-9 Monday to Friday  via WF-I-can.co.uk and have played an important role in developing the online resources on www.wf-i-can.co.uk

Live Well Wakefield - Mental health and wellbeing services

Click here to view the support available for adults in the Wakefield district during the coronavirus pandemic.

Team Mate, Wakefield Trinity

Team Mate’ is a men’s mental fitness and well-being programme that will run on a weekly basis at the Mobile Rocket Stadium with specialist support from Turning point. The Team Mate programme using the power of rugby league will help break the stigma and challenges of mental health within males.  Sessions will run on a Tuesday evening starting on 29th September and Friday mornings at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

We would invite all men to contact us for further information and register to become one of our Team mates here at Wakefield Trinity by contacting james.stephenson@wakefieldtrinity.com For further information take a look at the website.

Turning Point

The new Young Person, Families and Carers Service based in Wakefield City Centre. Offering a district outreach service to community settings and external agencies in partnership with Family Action and South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust.

The Young Persons, Young Adults, Families & Carers Drug & Alcohol Service is a dedicated specialist service for those under 25 and their families. Our confidential service covers the Wakefield District and is flexible so we can meet you wherever works for you - school, youth club or somewhere else. We also have a city centre site at Cross Street, Wakefield.

Click for referral form, website and information leaflet.

 

Safeguarding

Wakefield Safeguarding Children’s Partnership

Take a look for further information, advice and resources to support families

https://www.wakefieldscp.org.uk/professionals-and-practitioners/

 

School Uniform and Clothing Support

Small Steps Uniform Bank

We provide uniform for families in Wakefield district with a focus on Primary School age children. We can also help children at local Secondary schools, but this can take more time due to the demands for logos and sizing challenges as children grow. We provide all uniform completely free of charge. See the website for a referral form.

The Bag Fairies

Offering bags of help to those in need. So far we have helped 140+ families struggling to make ends meet, or escaping violence, or just coming off the streets and having to set up home.  We offer help in supplying clothes, shoes, school uniform, bedding, curtains, towels, small kitchenalia which are all picked from donations of second hand clothing which are given to us by local residents and local organisations.  No referral is needed.  We help anyone who genuinely needs help. All we ask is that requests are made through our Facebook page or via the other methods shown in the flyers.  All requests must be picked up within 2 weeks or we have to put the package back into our stock as other families may need those items.  We cannot collect or deliver.

Find them on Facebook and a poster to display in your setting.

Stepping Stones Baby Bank

We are a non-profit organisation that aims to support families in Ossett, Horbury and surrounding areas with baby essentials to ensure that no child goes without. By doing this, we play our part in reducing landfill and encouraging sustainable living.

New website coming soon.  Find them on Facebook.

Walk in Wardrobe, St George's Community Centre, Lupset

St George's are a locally focused independent charity recognised as a community anchor working to provide positive change in the Lupset area. The Walk in Wardrobe is one of many areas of support on offer providing free clothing, shoes, toiletries etc.  Currently by appointment only. 

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and on their website.

 

SEND

My Local Offer, Wakefield

Providing support and information for families with children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or a disability. Find out about activities and groups you can join in with here.

 

Voluntary Community Sector Information

Nova

Nova provides a range of services for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Wakefield District. Membership of Nova is free and provides a range of benefits and opportunities for VCSE organisations in Wakefield District.  Further information can be found here.

 

Youth

WF Youth

For latest information on Wakefield Youth Services take a look at their website. 

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