Local charity Children First Derby is today celebrating after being awarded almost £129,000 in National Lottery funding to support its Family Support Service. The charity, based in Derby, will use the cash to consolidate and further develop this vital service providing early intervention support for vulnerable inner city families in Derby. 

Children First Derby has been running since 1974 and has 15 staff whose work is supported by over 60 dedicated local volunteers.

In addition to the Family Support Service, the charity also provides a Mentoring Service and Derby’s Supervised Contact Service for Looked After Children.  These services support over 200  local young people and 70  families. The Family Support Service helps families to overcome challenges, gain confidence and develop resilience.  This can include helping the families to identify community resources that they need, establish family routines and tackle child behaviour and mental health issues. 

Danny Smith, CEO of Children First Derby, says: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding from the National Lottery.  In these times of increasing pressure on local authority social care funding the need for our Family Support Service in Derby has never been greater.  To be able to guarantee the continuation of the service for the next 3 years is wonderful and our early intervention will provide huge benefits for hundreds of disadvantaged Derby children and their families.”