Three Spires Family Support Trust is an established charity that practically supports vulnerable and isolated families with children under 5, from across Coventry; helping them to build relationships and networks though the provision of a city centre parenting support project called Coffee Tots. Please note Coffee Tots is now based in The Wave Waterpark cafe. Support and care is given to families in a cafe setting with activities for children and a listening ear for parents, alongside practical support, including well-being courses for parents to help improve family life.
We aim to:
Remove families from isolation and help them to build their own support networks
Create confident, positive parents who feel well supported and loved
Improve the parent-child bond
Increase the families’ life skills, experiences and aspirations.
If you're working with a family that could benefit from some extra support then please encourage them to come in to Coffee Tots cafe. Coffee Tots is a welcoming and safe space, where families can come and relax; it's free to come in and all the activities and courses are free too and there's no pressure to buy anything. If there's a specific course or activity you want to refer a family for, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We often have a waiting list but we'll help if we can.
We know that families have the best outcome when everyone works together. We welcome the Infant Feeding and the Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Team into the cafe to run sessions and regularly receive referrals from Social Care and the Health Visiting Team. If you work with families in Coventry and want to explore working together then get in touch.
"It is no exaggeration to say that Coffee Tots has been instrumental in helping children stay in the care of their parents by giving the parents the knowledge and confidence that has made the difference in whether a child can safely stay in their birth family. I recommend Coffee Tots to many of my parents and it is so reassuring to know that they will get the help and support that many of them so desperately need."
- Family Solicitor
Coffee Tots has grown organically over the last 12 years responding to the changing needs of families, we have built relationships and developed a foundation of trust with some of Coventry’s most vulnerable and marginalised families. This has enabled us to develop and deliver tailored support services; which improve the life of the whole family, our programme changes depending upon need and demand, this is some of the support we can offer:
Circle of Security Parenting Programme
Our trained facilitators offer this research based course, which focuses on attachment and building a strong relationship between the parent and child.
Baby massage course for babies 4 weeks to pre-crawling
Our qualified instructors teach parents to massage their baby on this popular 5 week course
Art workshops for parents
We offer relaxed art workshops to help improve well-being and meet new people.
Sensory play courses for babies and toddlers
Courses give parents the confidence to play and interact with their little one; helping with attachment and development
Advocacy & Support
Support for parents when times are tough
We offer parents support through offering a listening ear, signposting, help with applications and advocacy.
Teaches budget and family friendly meals
Gives parents key skills to be able to cook healthy, family meals from scratch.
Art Therapy course
Uses crafts to encourage reflection and set out on a personal journey from brokenness to hope.
Fun play sessions for toddlers and pre-school aged children
They target key areas for improving child development while building confidence and having fun.
"Coffee Tots presence in the city centre for adults with barriers who are trying to improve the lives of their families is key, as is their consistancy. Parents feel comfortable with the Coffee Tots support staff working together with social workers and other statutory organisations on their behalf or with them through challenges, barriers and problems they are facing."
- Senior Social Worker