Charity Takes Award for Innovative Family Support Across East of England

Ormiston Families has been named Early Years Award winner, in this year’s Children & Young People Now Awards.

The national awards are seen as the ‘gold standard’ for causes and projects working to improve and enhance the lives of children, young people and families.

Ormiston Families, which operates across the East of England and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, scooped the top position in the early years category for its ‘Small Steps Together’ initiative.

Led from the charity’s Cambridgeshire branch, Small Steps Together helps parents increase confidence, reduce anxiety, develop closer relationships and minimise isolation. Over three years, 98% of parents who worked with the service reported an increased attachment with their children, and 96% reported an improvement in mental health.

Judges for the award applauded the programme’s efforts in helping families identify the signs of parental mental ill health early.

They commended its methods of using Video Interaction Guidance, in helping parents recognise their strengths and successes.

The award results were announced in a virtual ceremony, which was watched by the entire team from Ormiston Families.

Louise Garner, Small Steps Together Perinatal Manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to win this accolade as part of the Children & Young People Now Awards.

“We are all passionate about improving family and parental relationships, and every member of the Small Steps Together team – be they staff or volunteers – works tirelessly to find successful ways of breaking harmful generational cycles and creating positive futures for those we work alongside.”

Ormiston Families has been marking its 40th anniversary throughout the last year, staging numerous events and fundraising activities.

It will be continuing to announce further celebratory updates early into 2022.

The charity covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Bedfordshire.

You can see more about Ormiston Families’ 40th anniversary celebrations and other events which will feature throughout the coming year, by going to

For more about Small Steps Together, go to

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