Ezer offers support to mothers who are experiencing a pregnancy related illness, convalescing following a new birth or are overwhelmed and having difficulty coping with their growing family.
In 2021-2022 Ezer provided
We employ a team of trained Family Facilitators who have raised families of their own and are able to pass along the skills and techniques they have acquired. They provide practical and emotional support to families who are experiencing mental health issues, physical illness, disability of either parent, or children with challenging behaviours or disabilities. Our Facilitators are also able to act as advocates for families who cannot access relevant organisations in the wider community due to language and cultural barriers. The support is hands-on, intensive and offered within the home environment. All support workers receive supervision and training, resulting in a professional and well-coordinated service. In 2021-22 we provided 31 families with facilitation.
Ezer is commissioned by the London Boroughs of Hackney and Haringey to provide culturally appropriate support services to vulnerable children and families in the community. We are also commissioned by the Triangle Children's Centre in Haringey, to provide a part time outreach worker. She has been in post since October 2021 and has made links with many local families with young children, engaging them in a variety of early support services. Our work with the Children's Centres and Statutory Services is reviewed and monitored regularly. A high level of support, funded solely by voluntary contributions, is also provided to vulnerable families who do not meet local authority thresholds.
Ezer supports parents to develop their skills in providing adequate care for their children, keeping them safe and improving family relationships. This can be either on an individual basis or through referral to a culturally appropriate Parenting service which offers group or 1:1 support.
Ezer is commissioned by Hackney to provide culturally appropriate ‘Short Breaks’ for children 5-18 years, with special needs, who have been awarded mid-high rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA). A 1:1 or small group provision is offered after school, on a Sunday and during the holidays. Children can access a range of appropriate activities, enabled by support workers from the local community. In 2021-22 131 Hackney children used our Short Breaks service, accessing a range of activities or by using the 'Covid flexible offer', which was arranged by the Hackney Short Breaks team. This provided families with a grant to purchase equipment to promote play and creativity to support the development/stimulation of their child/ren.
Ezer commissions appropriate therapeutic services to vulnerable children and families who would otherwise not be able to access this support. Therapists meet with individuals or couples experiencing a range of challenges affecting their ability to parent or maintain a stable marriage. In 2021-22, 142 sessions of counselling were provided, funded solely by voluntary contributions.
Ezer also runs a trainee therapy service for adults and children in conjunction with CPPD and Terapia. Face to face sessions have restarted in our therapy room, following a lifting of Covid restrictions, though safety measures remain in place.
Ezer is no longer providing a personal care home based service to children with disabilities, but in the future, following a recent change to our CQC registration, we hope to offer the service to adults. We are however, continuing to provide 1:1 support to children who have a care package, with a leisure component ,funded by Hackney Disabled Children's service.
Ezer has developed positive working relationships with Hackney and Haringey health and social care teams and we work closely with the local children’s centres to offer culturally appropriate early intervention services. In 2021-22 we supported 19 families under our Children's Centres contract. Our assessments and views in particular cases are used as vital evidence to support families. We have established policies and procedures developed in line with statutory guidance, as well as offering training for staff and volunteers that includes safeguarding and working with children with special needs.