It is estimated that there are 60-80 births a month in the Charedi community of Hackney and Haringey. Mothers who are convalescing following a new birth or are incapacitated due to ill health, or overwhelmed and having difficulty coping with their new baby, can access support.
In 2018 Ezer Leyoldos
We employ a team of trained Family Facilitators – Orthodox women who have brought up 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 behaviour or disabilities.They 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 resulting in a professional and well-coordinated service.
Ezer Leyoldos is commissioned by the London Boroughs of Hackney and Haringey to provide services to vulnerable children and families in the community. We work closely in conjunction with Children’s Centres and statutory services. Cases are reviewed regularly and closely monitored by the Local Authority. A high level of support, funded solely by voluntary contributions, is also provided to vulnerable families who might not meet local authority thresholds.
Ezer Leyoldos 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 culturally appropriate Parenting Skills Workshops.
Ezer Leyoldos provides ‘Short Breaks’ for children 5-18 years, living in Hackney, with additional needs who have mid-high rate DLA. A one to one respite provision is offered after school, on a Sunday and during the holidays. Children can access a range of culturally appropriate activities, enabled by trained male and female support workers from the local Charedi community. We are now able to offer a similar service to children/young people living in Haringey with complex needs or disabilities, who are eligible for support from Haringey's Disabled Children's social work team.
Ezer Leyoldos commissions culturally appropriate therapeutic service to vulnerable children and families who would otherwise not avail themselves of this support. Orthodox therapists trained in family therapy meet with individuals or couples experiencing a range of challenges affecting their ability to parent or maintain a stable marriage.
Ezer Leyoldos also offers a play therapy service for young children experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties at home and school. We plan to develop our therapeutic services which are currently funded solely by voluntary contributions.
Ezer Leyoldos continues to provide home care to disabled children in the borough of Hackney. This service is commissioned by Hackney council and involves help for children who need extra support to manage their personal care needs. We employ trained care workers to deliver support in a way that protects the privacy and dignity of service users whilst responding with flexibility to the specific needs and preferences of individual clients.
Ezer Leyoldos 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. 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.
In 2017, Ezer Leyoldos was awarded a ‘good’ rating by the CQC, for our home care service, in respect of safety, effectiveness, care, responsiveness and leadership. As part of the inspection they reviewed various records a contacted service user and their families for feedback. The CQC reported that people using the service were very positive about it and that they received the right support as they were consulted about their provision.