Our team at WAVES Weymouth, which includes volunteers, works with young people in a variety of ways
Information, advice and guidance is offered on issues such as relationship difficulties, problems at home, bullying, drug and alcohol issues, applying for benefits and finding safe accommodation. We also provide a confidential condom service. There is access to a shower and washing machine as well as telephone and internet services.
Who is this service available to?
Waves offers advice and guidance to children and young people up to the age of 20, and keeps those who may be at risk safe from harm. There are a number of services available which include:
Is a service that helps children and young people between the ages of 8 and 19 to deal with low confidence, bullying issues and anxiety.
Have you got children aged 8-14 and need support with a transition that is happening in your family?
We work with children and parents who are going through a change such as separation, changing schools, bereavement, difficulties with friendship or parenting issues.
We can work with just parents or the child, or with both. The work can be office based or outside of our office, and can be organised to suit the needs of each individual family.
As part of this work, every three months we organise a trip to a therapeutic farm for a group of children. This gives them the opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence, make new friends and challenge themselves, as well as having a lot of fun!
Family Mediation is a long standing service which has always been popular with families and parents struggling to understand their children - teenagers in particular and vice versa Mediation compliments many of the other services within Waves, as it is widely agreed that poor communication is the basis of many family problems.
By improving family communication, the mediation service (FMS) provides support to families so they can move positively though periods of conflict and upset., accepting that not every day is perfect but there are more good days than bad.
Brainwaves is a once a month Saturday morning drop in for families, held at Waves in Weymouth. Just come for a chat and a cuppa, or stay for the whole morning and be creative or challenged with paints, puzzles and activities. Our aim is to have fun either in the building or out on trips, with the help of experienced workers and trusted volunteers.
Dorset Families Matter
This service will provide families support via a key worker. Your key worker will coordinate and identify services tailored to the family members’ needs.
Families are identified by external agencies such as: Department of Work and Pensions, the Police and Education authorities under the government programme, ‘Troubled Families’.
The main trigger areas for support are: unemployment, criminality, domestic abuse, where the young person is identified by social services as a child in need and health and school attendance - with at least two out of the three having to be an issue.
We find that linking in with local resources and community provision, in order that the families will have on-going relevant support when the project has ended, is an important transition and is as essential as the intervention through the project.
We are now in phase two of the project which also means we have a ‘nomination process’ for families in need. If you are a family and you think you may be eligible please contact us.
How to access this service
If you would like to find out more about our services please contact us:
Tel: 01305 768 768
Find out more about the service?
Contact WAVES to find out more about our services and our work with young people.
Programme Manager – Roy Koerner