Seaford based WAVES charity has won a prestigious award for its work supporting people in the community.
On Tuesday, May 10th members of the WAVES team were presented with an award at the 2016 SPARK Award Ceremony for Advice and Guidance Achievement. SPARK is the operating name for East Sussex Council for Voluntary Youth Services.
Peter White, from WAVES said: “This award recognises the many hours that their volunteers and family workers have given in support to all the families that have come to them.
“At the same ceremony WAVES were presented with the bronze level of the SPARK SQP Quality Assurance certificate. This recognises that the services WAVES offers reached the required quality assurance level.
“WAVES Family Support has been working with families in Seaford for over 16 years and has been privileged to support many families in Seaford through difficult times.
“The Drop-in Centre in Church Street has been an oasis for many parents and carers struggling with everything that family life throws at them.
“WAVES is grateful to all those in the local community that support their work financially.”
WAVES helps all families in Seaford especially those who are feeling vulnerable and isolated from the community.
The charity strives to make a real difference to the lives of the many people who are ‘at risk’ in our community who so often fall through the net of statutory provision. They have two part time family workers and a part time Administrator who supervise a volunteer team of approximately 30.
WAVES works with families in all types of areas including mental health, domestic abuse, parenting, relationship breakdown, bereavement, child behaviour. We work closely with, and receive much support from, the four primary schools in Seaford as well as the primary school in Alfriston and the one secondary school within the Seaford community.
The WAVES Drop In Centre was opened in April 2007, in the centre of Seaford at 8 Church Street (opposite the police station).
The Centre is a clean, comfortable safe place for families to meet with comfortable sofas, a play area, changing facilities and refreshments.
The Centre is open Monday to Thursday 9.30-12.30 pm and has been invaluable to those who have felt isolated in the community.
It has given those who come an opportunity to meet others in similar situations and form friendships as well as providing them with the confidence that is needed to integrate into the community.
There are always at least two volunteers on hand to help and assist as well as providing a listening ear for any that are in need of extra support and guidance.
WAVES says it is committed to building long term relationships of trust, consistent support and encouragement for as long as it is needed. For more information visit: www.wavesseaford.org.uk.
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