A consultation with Islington’s families
Islington Giving has invested over £500,000 to support opportunities for local families over the last 5 years, funding 17 organisations that have reached over 3,500 local parents and children. Building on all our knowledge gathered over the last 5 years, we met a range of parents in different settings and people who work with them from November 2016 to May 2017.
We found that formal ‘services’ are not always what families want. This was eloquently communicated to us by a carer of a family member living with a learning disability who told us that she wanted ‘a life not a service’ – normal opportunities to go out, socialise and engage in activities just as other families do. This sentiment was echoed by others we spoke to.
Despite the support that is available, much more has to be done. Families are diverse; what works for one family may not work for another. Sometimes support for the whole family can help. Sometimes supporting one family member – child or parent – improves life for the whole family. We need a varied menu of support and activities to enable families to flourish.