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Waves Family Support

SEAFORD Rotary Club President Peter Fenwick visited the Waves Seaford drop in centre in Church Street, Seaford on 8th June 2016 and presented the President’s donation of £1,000 to the charity’s Secretary Cathy Finch.
Waves Seaford provide practical ways to enable families in Seaford to re-build their lives, offering help and support as they face changes and new directions in life, and provides support when they feel utter hopelessness. The charity strives to make a real difference to the lives of the many people who are 'at risk' in the community who so often fall through the net of statutory provision.
Peter Fenwick said that one of the goals of his Presidency was to help local disadvantaged people by providing funds for those charities who enable support to be provided to help those with problems. In addition to Waves Seaford, to meet this goal, donations have also been made to Seeability and Children with Cancer.
Waves works with families in all types of areas including mental health, domestic abuse, parenting, relationship breakdown, bereavement, child behaviour.
The charity’s Chair John Hughes said that the donation was ‘wonderful nothing short of wonderful’. He continued that ‘to have funds provided from local organisations like Seaford Rotary Club from funds provided by the local community makes you feel that it is a community commitment to help those families who need support'.
Approximately half of the charity’s income is from donations, and the remaining income from grant making trusts.
The charity employs two part-time family workers and a part time Administrator who supervise a volunteer team of approximately 25. The volunteers work either at the Church Street centre or are listeners in primary schools or provide help to families in their homes.
The charity works closely with, and receive much support from the four primary schools in Seaford as well as the primary school in Alfriston and the one secondary school within the Seaford community.
Approximately 60% of the referrals to the charity are from outside bodies, such as the Church, the GP, Social Services or CAMS (Children and Adult Mental Services), and works with other local charities to provide support. Many of the referrals are families with young children, although there is an increasing number of referrals of teenagers with mental health problems by GPs. Director Ray Finch said that ‘demand for help from the charity is increasing’.
The WAVES Drop-In Centre was opened in April 2007, in the centre of Seaford at 8 Church Street (opposite the police station). The Centre is a clean, comfortable safe place for families to meet with comfortable sofas, a play area, changing facilities and refreshments.
The Centre has been invaluable to those who have felt isolated in the community. It has given those who come an opportunity to meet others in similar situations and form friendships as well as providing them with the confidence that is needed to integrate into the community.
There are always at least 3 volunteers on hand to help and assist as well as providing a listening ear for any that are in need of extra support and guidance.
The work by the charity was recognised at the SPARKS award 16 on 10th May at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne when ‘Waves Family Support’ was the winner of the ‘Advice and Guidance’ award.

posted: Wednesday, 15 June 2016

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