Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury was formed in 2016 from Catholic Children’s Society (Shrewsbury), originally founded in 1889. Throughout its history the Society sought to address the real needs of children and families who experience some form of disadvantage and exclusion. We provide one to one family support in the home.
We also work with families to enhance their parenting skills, using evidenced based parenting programmes when appropriate or adapting strategies to meet the needs of an individual family in order to change the young person’s behaviour. This work is consolidated by the support we give where there are emotional / mental health concerns or where there is risk of family breakdown.
Staff in our Community Hubs work with and alongside parents and residents, to provide locally identified services and a safe space to receive advice on debt management, nutrition, family law, health concerns and foodbanks.
We provide counselling for adults and young people is provided in the Community Hubs, our offices and 130 local schools.
We are currently working in 18 schools in the diocese to provide family support service, which meets the needs of children and families, which enables young people to be happy and achieve their full potential. Typical concerns addressed through this service include bullying, relationship difficulties with families, peers and friends, bereavement, risk taking behaviour, parental or young person’s mental health.
Post adoption in partnership with Nugent
The Society has placed and cared for more than 2,000 babies in its not too distant past. As adults, they now seek support and advice in tracing their origins and completing their story.