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 Youth & Families Work

SWAY works alongside families in many ways, such as; signposting to and accessing support from other agencies, peer mentoring, setting up support networks within the community and providing Family Therapy sessions for the whole family.


SWAY works with children, young people and their families. SWAY aspires to develop individuals who can cope with whatever life throws at them, to have hopes and dreams for their future and the skills to make their aspirations a reality.


SWAY offer 1:1 mentoring for parents and young people. Some families have experiences and challenges that benefit from 1:1 support. Our mentoring helps families set goals that make for positive changes for themselves and each other.


In brief:     

SWAY’S service works by:

  • Starting with the family’s own perspective

  • Providing relationship support for parents and children

  • Providing targeted, time limited interventions

  • Ensuring a multi-agency approach

SWAY’S family work aims are:


  • To pioneer, develop and grow our service building on existing links we have with children, young people and families through our youth ministry

  • Empowering emotional resilience within family units to cope with multiple, complex needs. 

  • Encouraging a positive mindset so that families have good aspirations that affect the future of the family

  • Facilitating parenting skills that enable family members to lead and pursue new experiences within the family unit

"SWAY Youth & Families Worker helped me find my confidence and has given me a voice.” – Parent

SWAY Request for Family Support

  • This request form is for any professional or self-referral to carry out a family assessment.

  • Requires that there is a child in the family who lives or attends a school in the South Wight area (Ventnor to Brook) and is aged 10-18 years

  • This form when completed should be emailed to Lynne Stotesbury or Andy Dorning.

  • If you need any help in completing this request for support form, please call Lynne: 07823347618 or email or

  • Click on the form download or word doc below to access the referral form.

Thorpe Park July 2022
Jacob Sonnie crabbing July 2022
Lynne Stotesbury Youth & Families' Support Worker Intro Photo 2022
SWAY Youth & Family Worker Social Distan
Shepherds chine Meg & Alanna
Night Walk team on the hill
kayaking v1 July 2020
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