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The Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme – Evaluation and Implementation Support


In 2015, the Big Lottery Fund commissioned CES to work with the ‘Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme’ in Northern Ireland. This is a seven-year programme which includes 36 different projects aimed at helping vulnerable families to deal with adversity and to be part of the communities where they live.

Our Role

The programme involves CES working with each project to understand their needs and goals. Each year we then design and deliver events, masterclasses and workshops - covering themes such as Adverse Childhood Experiences and Supporting Parents, along with implementation and evaluation workshops.

CES’s support involves listening, practical, pragmatic, engaging problem solving (Programme Report, Year 2)

Three years on, groups are very engaged with the support provided by CES. Staff and volunteers are developing their practice and using evaluation frameworks to capture their impact. This helps them to improve their projects and make a difference to the lives of vulnerable families in Northern Ireland.

The Parenting Research Centre in Melbourne Australia is also a partner on this project.