CSV Action Desk
Family conferences in Barnsley
A charity in Barnsley is working with local familes to resolve conflicts within the home with a mediation service.
Barnardo's Family Group Conference Service at Priory Campus in Lundwood works with families who are having difficulties with their children's behaviour.
The nursery at the Barnardo's centre
Barnardo's provide the family with an advocate who works with all the family members to try and resolve the problems. That advocate can also attend meetings on behalf of family members if they don't want to attend.
"I'm only just becoming involved in Barnardo's family conferencing volunteering, because I have something to give and I think families are important.
I'm in between jobs at the moment and a little bit older in life and my children have left home and so I've a little bit more spare time, so why not put it to good use in my local community. I've also had some family problems of my own like everyone has, but I didn’t know about this service so they couldn’t help me.
Volunteer Angie Chambers
My daughters had problems caused by the death of my father, their granddad at a very young age, and my husband leaving home during their teenage years which caused some rocky periods especially during exams at school and growing up for them. This was escalated by the fact that I became a single parent coping on my own. Luckily, we got through it as best we could".
"Now, I do know about the support families can get from Barnardo's I want others to know about it and to help make sure people can use the service".
One of the charities biggest success came after working with a family who had been involved with social services and the police for ten years to resolve their problems. The family conference scheme worked so well that social services were able to close the case.
last updated: 18/12/2008 at 14:31