Making families stronger is the aim of programme


EFFORTS to make families stronger have been highlighted.

A programme which is making a difference to families across the area has been put into the spotlight.

The event raised awareness of the work of the Think Family Programme which sees Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council working with partner agencies to ensure families with multiple needs get the support they require.

The programme aims to reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour, help families improve their children’s school attendance, and support people back into work.

Speaking at the event on July 4, county councillor Debbie Kennard said: “Think Family is about making a difference. We are on a journey into places that have defied conventional social care and community intervention for many years.

“In fact, we are changing the destiny of the children who have learned certain behaviours and attitudes from their parents; and those parents from their parents.”

The event was attended by more than 75 people.

Speakers included Arun’s chairman Dougal Maconachie and Sarah Wilby from the Arun Wellbeing Team.

Paul Wotherspoon, Arun’s cabinet member for community services, said afterwards: “We are already seeing positive results and this event was a great opportunity for everyone to get together to celebrate the achievements made over the past year, highlight the challenges and demonstrate how the programme will move forward in the future.”

The programme has been expanded as part of the government’s Troubled Families initiative to turn around the lives of 120,000 families by 2015, 1,165 of who live in West Sussex.