Family Support

Befriending, Advice, Referral and Representation (BARR), is delivered by our team of professionalised Family Support Volunteers. Family Support is a service based upon escalating needs. In the first instance, through Befriending we aim to reduce isolation and social exclusion through our supportive network of volunteers and families. Beyond this initial stage Advice and signposting to other agencies, organisations and partners, could be utilised to assist families. Where professional help, therapy, or counselling for example is requested or required; Referral to relevant and appropriate parties may be considered or offered. Where the Client is in negotiation or experiencing conflict, with Public Service Providers, Look Essex is prepared to assist with tribunals, review meetings and other forums.

Activities

A varied programme of inclusive fun events are provided, for a diverse range of needs, including respite breaks, soft play for young children; dry slope skiing; outdoor and water based activities and theatre visits. The aim is to reduce isolation among families and children, through participation, utilising facilities and organisations that are inclusive, responsive and empathetic toward disability. All Volunteers are disability experienced, trained and vetted to enhanced DBS standards, who comply with our Children and Vulnerable Person Policy. The activities are planned and delivered by an activity project group that includes young visually impaired Look Essex Volunteers.

Infant Massage Service

Our Specialist Certified Infant Massage Instructors (CIMIs) can enable Parents and Carers to massage their babies and young children, to aid bonding, communication, self-awareness, health and well-being. Look Essex is the regional representative organisation for sensory impairments with International Association of Infant Massage UK Chapter.