We’ve spent a lot of time over the past eight years listening to children, young people, and families describe their hopes for the local community.
We’ve also worked alongside and spoken with the local professionals who support families who’ve told us about their worries and ambitions for Feltham. Local people are deeply concerned about the younger generations in the area, but are also keen to point out the many brilliant things about Feltham as a place to grow up.
From working in the community, listening to local people, and analysing relevant data, we have been especially struck by three key points which suggest the need for a collective impact project in the local area.
I wish I had known more about life with a baby - I knew about pregnancy but nothing about life with a new baby. The GP has been fine - no real continuity though as I don’t think I’ve ever seen the same GP more than once. I haven’t had any info on child development yet, although I have done my own research on the internet.
I want my child to have opportunities to develop their sense of self and to make progress, through part-time work, activities, work experience… I want them to be exposed to many things locally.
Parents with children who have additional educational needs deserve more support. It can be so stressful for the parent and child trying to attend playgroups or other activities. They need to feel included and supported.
Some young people within the social care system have experienced so many different professionals coming in and out of their lives. What they need is someone to care for them, to be interested - and to challenge them when needed.
You expect teachers to have your best interests at heart and to give you the best support, and not necessarily just teachers - the school in general. Every school should have therapeutic support available.
We need to build opportunities into the system for young people to be mentored - and to be mentors to others.
When I think about the future, it’s scary and daunting. Thinking about university or employment, especially now after Covid. I think our parents need support with these things too.