a&a (Advice & Advocacy)

At CDI we use a ‘Human Rights’ based approach in all our advice work. We understand that seeking help is not always easy and we hope we can provide you with the right environment to assist and support you. A number of young people and families who use our services require ongoing, in-depth advocacy and support. Through A&A engagement we are able to provide this. Whilst the emphasis of this work is on housing, welfare benefits and social issues, we recognise that life is not neatly packaged and often a difficulty in one area contributes to, or is caused by, difficulties in another. We do our best to address these other needs as much as we can. Please see our A&A leaflet for more details.

fn (Family Navigator)

The CDI Family Navigator Service is part of a partnership programme with Croydon Voluntary Action and Croydon Council, known as Family Power. There are five organisations who are helping parents to ‘navigate’ their way around support systems. They are Disability Croydon, Croydon Drop In, Croydon Homestart, Croydon Mencap, and Off the Record.

Family Navigators, provide free family support, helping families to make independent choices and access local services. If your family or a family you are working with is struggling with particular issues that feel overwhelming, we can help with things such as parenting classes, finding debt and housing advice, building better relationships within the family, exploring training and education options, or finding positive activities for the children.

Family Navigators, provide free one-to-one support, usually short-term, both in your home or outside the home, according to your needs and what feels best for you.

We believe that when times are tough, it affects the whole family. Often there can be a whole range of things that are going on, and trying to tackle all the problems can feel very daunting. In order to cope, sometimes you need a helping hand or someone you can trust.

By offering specialist help and supporting families as soon as these problems start to come up, Family Navigators can help stop things building up and becoming a full-blown crisis. We can help you to find out what you need to do next, so that you can take positive steps forward and make independent choices in the interests of the whole family.

To make a referral to the family navigator service, you can either complete the referral form and e-mail it to aisha.bryant@cvalive.org.uk or, alternatively contact us directly

PIP UK (Parent Infant Partnership)

PIP is a new initiative for CDI.  This programme is in partnership with PIP UK and the Local Authority’s Best Start Programme which will be rolled out in April 2016. Watch this space for further information.