Current Projects

At the moment Families First Southampton are working on three main projects, these are outlined below:

  1. Fathers Project.
  2. Grandparent carer's Project
  3. Family Project in Weston

Fathers Project

  • Fathers can receive one-to-one outreach support
  • Support fathers to remain involved in the care of their children. 
  • Maintain good communication between fathers and their partners, in the best interests of their child. 
  • Reduce fathers’ social isolation.

Families First Southampton seek to deliver services to all fathers and men who provide care for children in collaboration with other agencies. We are seeking to work with family support organisations whose primary criteria isn’t direct work with fathers. We provide an outreach Fathers Worker to work one-to-one with dads to assist them in addressing their identified needs. We will also work with other organisations to establish father friendly drop-ins and support groups.

Having built good networks across the city we signpost fathers/carers to support, when required.

The strategic aims of Families First Southampton are: to support fathers to remain involved in the care of their children and to support healthy family relationships. The main groups of fathers we are particularly offering support to are non-resident fathers, young fathers and where there is an illness or disability in the family.

The outreach is available to all fathers/carers (foster carers and men going through the adoption process). Our support is also available to those who are not presently in contact with their partners and children. Where children have contact with our service we are available to talk about any concerns they may have.

Please call Nigel for further information about this call 0742 7289 813 or email

Grandparent Carer's Project

Carers Cafe at the Community Room at St. James' Park, first Tuesday of every month, at 10.00-11.30 am.

Are you an extended family member, looking after grandchildren/nieces/nephews?

We would love to see you at Carers Cafe

A Carers Café has been formed to give extended family members who are looking after their grandchildren/nieces/nephews the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. Our get-togethers are great opportunities to ask questions, gain support, advice and information as well as meeting other families in a similar situation.

The Families First Southampton groups meets:
• In the Community Room at the back of the Parklife Café in St James Park, St James’ Road, Shirley SO15 5SD
• Indoor and outdoor activities will be provided for adults and childre

Family Project in Weston

Weston Lego Familiy club at Weston Community Library

Free drop-in sessions, 3pm -4.30pm, on the last Wednesday of every month!

Do you or your kids love building Lego?
We have set up a great Lego/Duplo collection for you and your family/friends, so you can build amazing Lego creations and explore your constructional self!

We particularly encourage Grandparents and Dads to come along. Parents need to supervise their children at all times.

The library will be open for public use at this time and can be enjoyed at the same time!

Due to popularity we have added on an extra new year club on the 2 January 2019.


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