We are here to support you with your children, offer help with any relationship issues you may be experiencing and offer help and encouragement when you encounter problems and also to provide a venue to just make friends.
You might also want to volunteer yourself.
The WAVES Centre in Church Street, Seaford is open each morning, Monday to Thursday, from 9.30a.m. - 12.30p.m. We welcome all mums of little ones to call in for a cuppa and time to relax while the children play. We have lots of toys for the children to play with, and lots of children and baby clothes and equipment to share with you. Call in and spend some time with us. We issue a monthly programme which helps to indicate some of the activities we engage in. We have a regular visit from a representative from Triple P (Parenting programme) and a weekly music session with Kate Comberti. Kate visits us each Tuesday morning.
The Centre is open Monday to Thursday 9.30-12.30 pm and has been invaluable to those who have felt isolated in the community. It has given those who call in an opportunity to meet others in similar situations and form friendships as well as providing them with the confidence and support that is needed to integrate into the community. There are always at least 2 volunteers on hand to help and assist as well as providing a listening ear for any that are in need of extra support and guidance. WAVES Seaford Limited is a registered Charity (No. 1118771)
WAVES Seaford helps all families in Seaford especially those who are feeling vulnerable and isolated from the community.
The charity strives to make a real difference to the lives of the many people who are somehow at risk in our community who so often fall through the net of statutory provision. We have 1 part time family worker and a team of volunteers who run the Drop In Centre and offer support to families and individuals.
Waves works with families in all types of areas including mental health, domestic abuse, parenting, relationship breakdown, bereavement, child behaviour. We work closely with, and receive much support from, the four primary schools in Seaford as well as the primary school in Alfriston and the one secondary school within the Seaford community.
The WAVES Drop In Centre was opened in April 2007, in the centre of Seaford at 8 Church Street (opposite the police station). The Centre is a clean, comfortable safe place for families to meet with comfortable sofas, a play area, changing facilities and refreshments.
What We Do
Waves Seaford offers practical help to enable people to re-build their lives. We offer emotional and practical help to the families that come to us as they face changes and new directions in life and to be there for them when they feel utter hopelessness, as well as offering friendship and encouragement as needed.
We also recycle baby clothes and equipment.
We are committed to building long term relationships of trust, consistent support and encouragement for as long as it is needed. We will always offer a sympathetic ear and help our clients to access specific services, while caring for them as a whole person. We aim to be more than just a service provider. Financial assistance is not provided although information is available on how to obtain help and advice.
WAVES are planning an anger management course for children in year 7 and 8 which will be called Helping Children To Manage Anger. Please telephone the Drop In Centre on 01323 873797 for details.
Support & Assistance
WAVES supports families in Seaford who are in need of assistance. Such assistance is offered until the family is able to support themselves.
Referrals can be made by any organisation, church, school, nursery or G.P. within Seaford or by the family/individual themselves.
If you would like to contact WAVES in this regard please do email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01323873797 and we will ensure that a member of the WAVES team will contact you as soon as possible. Please be sure to leave a contact number/email address and a note of the best time to make contact with you.
The WAVES Centre is located at 8 Church Street, Seaford (opposite the police station) and is open Monday to Thursday 9.30a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
The Centre welcomes all families offering a clean, safe, comfortable, modern environment. Families can relax on the sofas, there is a play area, clean nappy changing facilities with the opportunity for a coffee and a chat with our volunteers as well as a quiet rear room for a confidential conversation.
School Listening Service
WAVES provides a listening service to Seaford Primary, Cradle Hill School, Chyngton School, Annecy and Alfriston school. Further details of this service can be obtained from the SENCO/Inclusion Manager of a childs school.
We can offer access to counselling/therapy to our clients, irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, race or religion. There is a charge for this service but we can offer some financial help if needed.
The first step is in recognising and acknowledging that there is a problem, either with ourselves or in relation to others. Admitting to ourselves and being real/honest about our issues is essential for any healing/problem solving to begin. It is generally seen to be the hardest part, but is where healing starts.
For healing, this awareness needs to be acknowledged to ourselves and to another human being. Counselling allows this to happen gently and naturally in a place where the problem/difficulties of the whole situation can unfold and be held in a safe place.
For us, counselling/therapy is about building a solid and trusting relationship with you, therefore we try to walk alongside you on your journey, taking on with you whatever happens on that journey and staying with you whatever direction it may take. In this way we believe that you are strengthened in order to be able to face the difficulties you are encountering.
It is not just about dealing with what is damaged, it is also about, nurturing what is best, constructive change, better communication, and managing your life more effectively by taking advantages of new possibilities and perception in life.
Could you be a volunteer?
Our volunteers do all sorts of things:
• Visit families facing practical or emotional difficulties
• Drive someone to a hospital appointment
• Take someone shopping, do the shopping or look after the children while the parent goes shopping
• Staff the Drop-in Centre, talk to mums, play with the children or any one of a hundred things that may make all the difference
Our volunteers are acting like salt in today's society, seeking to preserve family life by showing God's love and concern.
Is there something you could bring to this work?
Have you an hour or more a week to spare?
We would love to add you to our group of volunteers seeking to make a difference to Seaford.
If you want to help please contact us.
All volunteers receive training on safeguarding. Every client situation will have been visited and assessed by our Family Worker and the needs will be in line with the skills you can bring to the situation. Training in other areas is regularly offered to our volunteers.