Bright Futures, Early Help 5-19 (school-age to 19 years)
Bright Futures provide whole family support to families with school-aged children up to 19 years old/25 with SEND. We’re here for you, in your community when you need us.
What we can help with
We know that being a parent is not always easy and that all families need extra help at some stage as children grow up. Bright Futures will work with you and your family to understand what you need to make lasting positive change and get the most out of family life.
Bright Futures works with families to:
• Improve children’s school attendance and access to learning
• Connect you with support and activities in your local community
• Strengthen family relationships and reduce conflict
• Advise on child behaviour, routines and parenting
• Improve your families’ health and wellbeing
• Improve financial stability and secure housing
How do we work?
You’ll work with trained family workers at your home or in our community locations, during the day or in the evening.
What do we do?
We offer information and advice through our outreach sessions, as well as parenting programmes and family support.
We’ll find out you what you and your family need and plan what we need to do together. We will bring together other services to work with us depending on what you need. For example, this might be housing, school or early years services, health services, adults services, debt or grants advice, employment services.
Drop in and speak to us
If you have a question, need some information, advice or guidance you can speak to an Outreach Support Practitioner at one of our Bright Futures drop in sessions.
Monday: Archway Library, 3-4pm (first and third Monday of the month)
Tuesday: Hornsey Lane Community Centre, 2.30-4pm (first and third Tuesday of the month)
Wednesday: Andover Community Centre, N7 7RY, 10-11.30am (first and third week of the month); Brickworks, N4 4BY, 1.30-3pm (every week); Hilldrop, N7 0JE, 1.30-3pm (every week)
Friday: Andover Community Centre, N7 7RY, 2.30-4.30pm (second and fourth Friday of the month)
Monday: Rose Bowl Youth Centre, N1 2PT, 10am-12pm (second and forth Monday of the month)
Tuesday: Elizabeth House Community Centre, N5 1ED, 12-1pm (second Tuesday of the month); Mildmay Library, N1 4NA, 3.30-5pm (fortnightly); The Arc Community Drop-In, N1 7DF, 12.30-1.30p, 17 October, 5.30-7pm 7 November, 12.30-1.30pm 21 November, 5.30-7pm 5 December, 12.30-1.30pm 19 December, 5.30-6.30pm 2 January, 12.30-1.30pm 16 January
Wednesday: The People's Army Community Drop-In, Church Community Centre, N5 1QP, 12.30-2.30pm 18 October (fortnightly)
Thursday: Mildmay Art and Youth Club, MIldmay Community Centre, N16 8NA, 4-5pm (second Thursday of the month)
Friday: Finsbury Park Mosque, N4 2QH, 2.45-4pm 20 October, 17 November, 15 December, 19 January; Mildmay Community Drop-In, Mildmay Community Centre, N16 8NA, 11.30am-1pm (every Friday)
Monday: Finsbury Library, EC1V 3BN, 9-11am (every week)
Tuesday: St Luke's Community Centre, EC1V 8AJ (First Tuesday of the month)
Thursday: Jean Stokes Community Centre, N1 0DX, 3-5pm (term-time only)
Friday: Parkhurst Road Mosque, N7 0LP, 1.30-4.30 (Fourth Friday of the month)
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Who to contact
- 020 7527 4343 020 7527 4343
Time / date details
- Opening times/date
- Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Case workers are flexible to meet families outside of office hours once a case has been allocated to a worker.
- Time of day
- Who is this service for?
- Families who live in Islington or have been placed in temporary accommodation by Islington Council outside the borough; families who have additional needs and may be considered to be vulnerable; have a child aged 5 or older; Bright Futures is an Early Help service for families who do not require a statutory service like Children's Social Care.
- Can I refer myself?
- Referral not required
- Referral Details
Referral not required – please attend an outreach session or call our Bright Futures helpline.
• Families can call 020 7527 4343.
• All professionals wanting to make a referral to Bright Futures are required to complete the Islington CSCT referral form and to email it by secure email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Referrals can come from a wide range of services including children's centres, schools, housing and health services, children's social care, adult social services, adult mental health services, 'Contact Islington', Family Information Service, libraries, community groups, job centres, CAMHS. Bright Futures will also actively target families who might benefit from the service and run outreach sessions to encourage families to take up the support on offer.
Please be aware that Early Help has a wide scope but may not be the right service for some families. We will look at each family individually and make a decision about whether Early Help is the best service for them. When it is not the right service, we will help them to use a more appropriate service.
Please note we are a consent-based service so to enable better engagement, please discuss the referral with the family prior to submitting.