European Social Fund (ESF) case study - Community Family Support Programme

People 1st helps young mums along the path to employment through the Community Family Support Programme, which supports families to make life changing decisions to improve their daily lives.

The Community Family Support Programme is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.

Here, two participants describe how the programme has helped them.

Case Study 1

"I am a single mum of one. At the time of starting the programme I was in my early twenties. I wanted to get into education but I didn't have the knowledge or money for further education. I had no help with my young child who has health issues.

My Family Liaison Officer was able to find the right course for me and a grant for the course. She also did the Award in Employability with me at home. It was brilliant and allowed me to advance my career.

My young child has advanced loads as I had a lot of help getting to appointments. I now run my own group working with kids and their parents to help them socialise with each other and I love it. My child is now fully ready for nursery.

I really appreciate all the help I have received and would 100% recommend the programme to anyone."

Case Study 2

"I live with my two children and my partner. My partner is the only one that works.

The programme gave me confidence to think about getting back to work and helped me to budget my money. In the future I hope to study with the Open University to give my family a bright and successful future.

My Family Liaison Officers were really nice and I loved working with them."

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