The GAF (Guildford Action for Families) support service

The GAF- Supporting Families in Guildford and Waverley

The GAF (Guildford Action for Families) support service, which supports isolated families with all issues involving the bringing up of children. We aim to maximise the potential of every child and family, we come into contact with. The GAF Team work with families in their own homes through outreach. Also drop-in sessions within the families own communities to increase confidence and self esteem. GAF Child & Mum in the Park

 

How We Support Families

Inputs of the GAF Team
Tools/ Services provided by GAF Team

Dedicated Professional Staff Team

City & Guilds level 3 in 'Working with Parents'

National Standard

Home Visits- Outreach


Support Plans/ Action Plans

 

Advocacy and Advice on complex issues and needs

 

Community Parents Groups

 

Coaching Towards Goals (including Scaling (1-10), Blob Tree, Transitional Timelines)


Budgeting Plans


Reward Charts


Benefits Advice


Recovery Outcome Star- all charity services use this support model

 

Trips/ Activities




Outreach to Families own homes to reach those most isolated, vulnerable and at risk as well as those who cannot access services within their own communities.
Community Groups- More motivated families move on to organised groups within the families’ own areas- for example Bellfields Womens Group & Haslemere Young Parents Group (WOW- Women on a Wednesday- Park Barn, now self run group started by the GAF Team)
Advice, Support and Advocacy, giving families choices and opportunities. The GAF will walk with them through these options until they have the self-confidence and self-esteem to take these on themselves. Advocacy at a range of meetings from attending court, visits to and from other specialist agencies, liaison with other support agencies and community groups.
Trips during the School holidays for families the GAF team are working with, to encourage family attachment & bonding. Gives an ideal opportunity for families to discuss issues with Family Support Workers and within their peer group in a relaxed and less chaotic environment. These trips also help with the large influx of school age children during the holiday periods.
‘Out of School Activities’ Project- supported by The Alan Wates Family Foundation, The project, which is a pilot running over the course of a year and compliments the work our family support workers already do within the community. over first six months we have assisted 30 children and young people to access local clubs and age appropriate activities.

Outcomes for Families & Community

  • Empowerment of clients
  • Social inclusion
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Protecting vulnerable groups and making communities safer
  • Improved employability
  • Improved family environment and relationships
  • Improved Personal Independence and reduced Isolation
  • Improved Social, physical, psychological wellbeing and Health
  • Increased Individual Resources
  • Increased Voluntary and Community Group capacity
  • Advising and signposting those suffering Domestic Abuse
  • Reduction in substance misuse & dependency
  • Improved access to health and specialist support services for Isolated Families
  • Improved engagement with service providers (high client needs e.g. Child in Need or on a child protection plan)
  • Increased access to learning and development of life skills for Families
  • Harm reduction

Referrals

Referrals are accepted from all agencies

Professional Social Welfare Agencies: Download The GAF referral form in word format, this can now be emailed from a suitable professional work email to gaf@guildfordaction.org.uk FAO: Client Services Manager.

 

Family Self Referral- We also actively encourage self-referrals, please 'Contact Us' if you need help filling in the forms. Our support is confidential and we do not disclose any information to the referee without first getting permission from the client.

The GAF Team

Please see 'Contact Us' page