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A Better Start Southend
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Projects

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Projects

At A Better Start Southend we want to do things differently through the design and delivery of services that make a real difference to parents and children.

We want to find new ways to think about services for families by testing approaches that have worked well in other areas or may never have been tried before.

Our Focus Is:

  • Based on ideas that have worked elsewhere, so we can see if they work in Southend.
  • Based on the most recent scientific thinking, so we can see if they work in practice.
  • Driven by creative, collaborative ideas.

Our Current Projects Are:

A better start family help

Enjoy family time and get a boost through gardening activities at community gardening centres in Shoeburyness, Westcliff and Kursaal.

Families Growing Together

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A better start family help

One-on-one breastfeeding support by Infant Feeding Support Workers (updates to service with effect from 01.04.24).

One-to-One Breastfeeding Support

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A better start family help

The 3-4 Month Health Visitor offers guidance on introducing solid foods, portion sizes, and addresses parental questions about baby’s growth and development before complementary feeding begins.

3-4 Month Health Visitor Contact

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A better start family help

Offering both ante-natal and post-natal support for mothers who wish to breastfeed.

‘Bump to Breast’ Group-based Breastfeeding Support

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A better start family help

The A Better Start Crèche team have now transferred over to City Family Explorers.

Crèche services

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A better start family help

Support for families with children with social and communication needs.

Social and Communication Peer Support Workers

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A better start family help

Fun-packed communication courses helping parents, carers and little ones to develop their communication skills.

Let's Talk

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A better start family help

Support to improve parental confidence and wellbeing for families.

Specialist Health Visitors for Perinatal Mental Health

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A better start family help

Practical opportunities for parents of children aged 0-3 who are looking to get back into work.

Work Skills

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A better start family help

Health visiting team which supports young parents (aged 21 years and under expecting their first child) antenatally, up until their child turns five years of age across the City of Southend.

Little Steps

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A better start family help

Individual support for parents of children aged 0-3 who have been exposed to domestic abuse living in Southend.

IDVA Project

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A better start family help

The Family Action project, Food On Our Doorstep (FOOD) provides families with good quality food at a low cost, while also reducing food waste.

Food Club

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A better start family help

Free storytelling and activity packs to borrow for children aged 0-3.

Southend Storysacks

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A better start family help

Sessions for children who are aged 0-3 and have ANY form of disability / SEND.

Chaos & Calm

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Previous A Better Start Southend Projects:

Umbilical Chords (end date: May 2024)

Talking Transitions (transferred to City Family in January 2024)

YourFamily (transferred to City Family in January 2024)

Crèche Team (transferred to City Family in December 2023)

Family Nurse Partnership (referral end date: October 2023)

Volunteer Home Visiting service (end date: March 2023)

HENRY (end date: August 2022)

Being a Parent (end date: January 2020)

Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) (end date: June 2019)

Sunshine & Stories (end date: 2016)

Mellow Parenting (end date: 2015)

Incredible Years (end date: 2015)

Five to Thrive (end date: 2016)

Connecting Parents (end date: 2016)

Community Parents Programme (end date: 2016)

Building Bridges (end date: 2016)

Buggy Active/Activise /Active Families (end date: 2016)