The whole team based at Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm has recently been recognised by the MST “Whatever it Takes” program. This recognition is given to individuals within the MST community that have demonstrated outstanding and meritorious service.
The charity was nominated by Jayne Harris for our support in providing a space for children, young people and parents to enjoy practising skills in communication, team building and improving and developing family relationships.
Jayne Harris explains, “Nothing is ever too much trouble and no family or child is ever seen as unworkable, the whole staff team have a fantastic “can do” attitude, parents who have struggled to interact with their children feel comfortable to practice skills and children love all the range of activities on offer.
The role modelling of a calm and sensitive approach to the children’s emotions offers parents the opportunity to develop skills in a non-judgemental way. Every child and family that attend love the farm and can’t wait to return. Whatever the weather conditions, restrictions with the pandemic the charity works to find a way to support and help.”
This is further backed up by those who visit the centre, with one recent Grandad who is the carer of a child, and a terminally ill wife, enthusing “it is a fabulous place I felt like a weight had lifted off me for the day, I loved it, would go back tomorrow, or move into the cottage! It was great to have time with Alfie and laugh after a difficult year.”
A spokesperson from MST explained “The Charity’s dedication to those they work with and serve does not go unnoticed. The MST community recognizes their hard work and willingness to go above and beyond.”
MST CAN is a multisystemic support team for the most in need families – families who are on the edge – young people who are considered very high tariff when it comes to risk. Many of the children are at risk of being taken into care – others are from families who are being supported through some very difficult times and situations.
Dave Norman, Director of The Charity explains “As ever, with the families and young people we support, their existing difficulties and challenges are amplified by the poverty they face.”