Ormiston Families Breaking Barriers service secures £105,000 from BBC Children in Need
By: Lisa Brown
The East on England’s leading family charity, Ormiston Families, has been awarded £105,000 by BBC Children in Need to help pay for its Breaking Barriers service across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Essex.
Breaking Barriers is an early intervention service providing support for children and young people affected by the imprisonment of a close family member. Through tailored one-to-one support, Breaking Barriers aims to reduce anxiety around prison for children, increase emotional wellbeing and assist with engagement at school.
BBC Children in Need will fund Ormiston Families £35,000 a year for the next three years. This help will enable children and young people across the region to explore their feelings and break down any barriers preventing them from maintaining positive ties with their imprisoned family member or relative.
Mark Proctor, director of services, said: “This is fantastic news and we can’t thank BBC Children in Need enough for their kind generosity. It will make such a difference to children and young people, and in more ways than one. There is evidence that suggests that prisoners who maintain ties with their children are less likely to re-offend, and the children themselves are less likely to become involved in offending behaviour.”
Every year, Breaking Barriers aims to help 100 children and young people across the East of England.
If you, or a family member are interested in finding out more about Breaking Barriers you can email firstname.lastname@example.org