Leeds charity Stronger Families Project by Learning Partnerships

Stronger Families Project by Learning Partnerships

The Stronger Families project works with families who are out of work to help them gain entry to the job market and gain sustainable employment. Using a 1:1 Key Worker approach and early intervention, participants are supported with a variety of issues including housing, debt, mental wellbeing and access to further education, training and employment.

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The Stronger Families Project by Learning Partnerships

Stronger Families helps parents to access training, start job searching and find paid employment. We realise there are lots of reasons day to day life can make this difficult and so we can offer support with things like:

  • Health and Wellbeing including mental health, drugs and alcohol support
  • Provide advice on debt, housing, budgeting and benefits
  • Support you to get ready for work with advice, support, guidance opportunities for work placements and building skills.

Stronger Families operates across Leeds and Bradford.  In Leeds, the project is managed through Barca-Leeds who can be contacted on 0113 386 9900 / email strongerfamilies@barca-leeds.orgStronger Families accepts self-referrals directly and you can also contact Learning Partnerships on 0113 3806662 to be referred through us.


This is a voluntary programme and is available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria. You will need to:

  • Be over 17 and with at least one dependent child
  • Not be in paid work of any kind (including 0 hour contracts)
  • Have the Right to Work in the UK. (Some types of immigration status mean you may not have the Right to Work in the UK, we can advise on individual circumstances).

Joining the programme

You will be allocated a friendly Key Worker who will work with you for about 6 months. We will address your needs and help you to achieve your work/training or education goals; this usually takes around six months but can be either more or less.

Your Key Worker will meet with you regularly to understand your needs, strengths and job goals. You will have access to specialists who can work to support you around the areas listed above.

We also link in with a range of services that provide support for:

  • children with special education needs
  • domestic abuse
  • parenting

There are also family activities to get involved in too, from farm trips to art sessions.

We are here to help so please get in touch if this programme is of interest to you or someone you know!

Case Study

Stronger Families started to support me in October 2018. I have always struggled with my mental health. I have depression and anxiety which has always made me too fearful to try anything. My confidence has never been very high so going out was a real struggle for me and, as I had been out of work for so long that really didn’t help my confidence.

I started Stronger Families and my Key Worker was Paula. From the very start she was encouraging. She put me on an Inspire and Achieve course at Learning Partnerships. The first day I couldn’t even bring myself to go in. My anxiety was so bad that I felt ill. With a lot of encouragement I made it in. The second day my anxiety was really bad but when I met everyone I wondered what I was scared about in the first place. I really enjoyed the course and was sad when it ended. It really did bring my confidence up. Going on the course made me think I have got to just push my anxiety away and just push myself to do things I wouldn’t normally do.

I started seeing a mental health worker who Paula referred me to. I’m not much of a talker but it felt good to just get everything off my chest. I did a First Aid course which was very informative. Me and my son went to a pottery class with my Stronger Families Key Worker and I could tell my son had so much fun as we didn’t get out much because of my anxiety. He asked if we could go somewhere else the following week so we started going out every weekend for food or to parks. I realised I don’t need to be so anxious all the time and my son loves going out with his mummy.

Paula helped me to apply for jobs and for a Teaching Assistant course at Leeds City College. Walking into a class of thirty people – I nearly didn’t go in but I did it and I finished my course in July 2019. I got a placement at my son’s school which has also helped a lot with my confidence. In the future, after my level 3, I plan on going to University to study to be a Teacher and Psychologist after I have retaken my GCSE’s. I went to the Lifelong Learning Centre at Leeds University to meet with an advisor to get information about courses.
I am currently looking for Teaching Assistant jobs that fit around my studies but my dream job is to be a Prison Service Psychologist. I am currently volunteering at a local Foodbank run by the Church and I found that I really enjoy meeting new people. Stronger Families really has changed my life. My confidence is a lot higher and, with the help of my Key Worker, I finally believe in myself and am on my way to creating a better life for me and my son.

Click here to see the assessment of the impact of the Stronger Families project since its commencement in July 2017.

Leeds charity Stronger Families Project by Learning Partnerships
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    Alternatively contact: Jenny Harris

    Email: jharris@learningpartnerships.org.uk

    Tel: 0113 8245422