I had a fascinating meeting today with staff at the Plymouth Family Support Services centre based at Kinterbury House. The Family Support centre provides an amazing array of services to families across Plymouth, they give counselling, provide volunteer befrienders for people who may be isolated or need support in the community, they provide adoptions support services, the list is endless and I think their work is really undervalued. Much of their work is aimed at preventative measures and will help to stop people from developing more serious issues such as depression, addiction and ultimately suicide, by supporting families they are also reducing the number of children that need to be taken into care as well as being able to recognise children who are at risk in their own homes.
As well as supporting local families the Family Support Centre also provides child protection training to various sectors . I have summed their work up in a few paragraphs but have only scratched the service of how much they actually do.
The PFSS was set up as a local charity in 1999 and has been operating ever since. Unfortunately this year their building was bought by a new owner who decided to increase their rent by 50%, the knock on effect of this and other soaring costs have made it increasingly difficult for the PFSS to survive, In addition to this they are getting an increased demand for their services due to rising poverty, anti Social behaviour, unemployment and other such issues.
SO Why I am blogging about this today, Obviously anyone can donate to this worthwhile charity but more importantly we are trying to get people to buy tickets for their forthcoming Charity night at The Waterfront. Tickets cost £15 and include a buffet and entertainment, Local celebrity, model and singer Angel Flukes will be singing at the event and there will be a DJ, the raffle already has some great prizes including a Quad Bike and signed Arsenal Shirt.
You can buy your tickets from the PFSS or you can donate to them by clicking here. Please support this wonderful charity in any way that you can. The PFSS will be our next designated charity, let's work together to keep this fantastic charity working in Plymouth.
As promised here is the information on the mists of time trapeze classes that I blogged about yesterday:
class details: adult (16+ish) static trapeze, Thursday 7-8pm, £3.50, Salisbury road baptist church.
children's classes: 5-6 & 6-7pm, there is currently a waiting list for children.
equipment: static trapezes, corde lisse (rope), aerial silks, rings. circus skills-just for fun(spinning plates, diabolo, poi, juggling balls etc.)
description: quite informal sessions, everybody working together and learning from each other.
More news to follow,