About The Red Hen Project

Our vision is a welcoming community where families are supported and empowered to raise happy, healthy and independent children who in turn grow up to fulfil their lives and engage fully with society

Who we are and what we do

The Red Hen Project is a small local charity that has been working with primary school children in North Cambridge for over 20 years. Our family workers support children and their families to overcome barriers to learning, providing a link between home and school. We work one to one in their home, at school, and in the community and also run a range of outreach group activities; parenting courses, coffee morning, drops-ins, workshops, family activities, trips, and volunteer opportunities.

We focus on the individual needs of each child and their families, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach.  The Project prioritises one-to-one support, complemented by peer support, and help families to become independent. This may include addressing behaviour difficulties, reluctance to attend school, routines, accessing out of school activities, problems with housing, benefits, debts, relationship breakdown, domestic violence, or anything else that is making life difficult for children and parents.

Alongside the one-to-one work, we run the following activities:

  • Our weekly drop-in coffee morning every Monday (term time) at the hall at the  Good Shepherd on Mansel Way – grab a cuppa, some breakfast and, if needed grab one of our family workers for information, advice and support. (8.45-10.30am)
  • Workshops – on topics such as sibling rivalry, bedtimes, building resilience, making mealtimes fun, cooking on a budget, 
  • Our 8 week ‘Raising Children’ parenting course
  • Day trips during summer holidays
  • Volunteer opportunities and the ability to ‘earn’ time credits
  • Other groups and activities as appropriate

Everyone is welcome at our coffee mornings and groups, you don’t need to be currently supported by a family worker to take part