For over 30 years we have worked in partnership with parents to develop a responsive, progressive and effective provision that supports the whole family. We are an agent of social change in Corby, supporting families from poorest areas of the town. When we first opened, we had just six members of staff. Today, we are a team of over 120 and work with an average of over 1,800 families per annum.
We continue to develop innovative and effective ways of working with families from across the whole community. We work with families on the edge of social services intervention, families who do not speak English, families with profoundly disabled children and families whose children would enter the care system without our help.
Our funding enables Pen Green to make a major contribution to the safeguarding of young children in Corby. Families in need receive intensive family support services from experienced, well-qualified workers. Families are supported where mental health issues impact on mother and child relationships, where drug and alcohol misuse impinge on children’s growth and development, where domestic violence and family breakdown shatters young lives.
At Pen Green we have striven to ameliorate the impact of poverty on children and families. Families in Corby face higher levels of poverty than families in most of the towns in Northamptonshire. Some areas of the town are among the top 10% most socially deprived in the country. The prevalence of teenage pregnancy, smoking and early tooth decay are well above national average. Through our provision we can effectively support and protect children against the worst effects of poverty, allowing them to grow and thrive.
As a well established integrated centre Pen Green impacts on the following:
Children’s learning and development
Parent’s involvement in their children’s learning and development/parental advocacy
Better supported and stronger families
Community engagement – developing stronger citizens and a more cohesive community
Capacity building: training, developing and sustaining the quality of the workforce in Corby.