Our local parenting project has, through the generosity of local funders, now trained 12 licensed facilitators and run local courses as below. We have a range of men and women who run the courses both through their work (such as Teen Challenge Whitchester) and taken it into their school settings – Haddington and Coldstream) and in the local community settings below, benefiting local parents. Some the facilitators are moving on from the area, but will take the training and courses into their localities. We have recruited one volunteer who will be undertaking the training in May 2017.
Since the training we have the following courses:
Handling Anger in the family – GAVINTON VILLAGE HALL Sept-Oct 2016
Taster sessions and Parents open nights – DUNS PRIMARY SCHOOL Sept 2016
Time out for Parents – the Early years – ALLSORTS NURSERY DUNS Oct – Nov 2016
Time out for Parents – the Primary years DUNS PARISH CHURCH HALL Oct – Nov 2016
Time out for Parents – the Teenage years – PRESTON VILLAGE HALL Oct – Nov 2016
Pudding for Parents – review and social space - DUNS PARISH CHURCH HALL Dec 2016
Facilitators get-togethers - to share learning and best practice – THE BLACK BULL Dec & Feb 2017
As funding comes from a variety of areas, you will see this reflected in the range of venues used.
We have had over 22 folks attend the sessions ranging from 4-7 weeks long. 22 attendees accounts for around 80 family members benefiting in our area. Feedback has been excellent both in terms of content of sessions and quality of facilitation. Attendees who have attended one course are keen to attend further ones.
Our learning as a team has been:
Recruitment is the biggest issue – folk are reluctant to come along without a personal invitation – there appears to be a strong stigma associated with needing help for the challenges of parenting, despite the recognition that it is needed. We need to do more to increase our visibility and become known in the area. We are looking at creative ways to recruit and build networks outside the schools to help address this, but recognise it will be on ongoing challenge. Small numbers in groups work best although we recognise this is not as cost effective. We are also approaching readymade groups such as toddler groups and antenatal classes as well as directly working with the schools, nurseries and health visitors to offer workshops. People’s busy and flexible working lives make it very difficult for people to commit to 6/7 weeks.
Range of offerings – Can we better convey who we are and what we offer. We decided to take a more flexible and creative approach and use some funds to rebrand in the New year see attached – “Parent Space- parents4parents” We have clearer and more up to date look, logo, FB page and website under construction. From May 2017 onwards Parent Space will now offer:
2hr workshops – tackling the most pertinent issues – such as “Parenting in the digital age”, “Top up your tank” – building emotional resilience. No need to sign up to 4-7 weekly sessions but may act as taster for signing up later date.
Social get togethers – throughout the year where folk can get together socially to relax – explore resources on offer, build networks and relationships
Age/Stage related series – 4-8 weeks as previously
Costs – there is a wide variety of costs associated with hiring halls - some are significantly cheaper than others, more suitable e.g with reliable wifi connection, and availability. Our costs per 2 hour workshop averages at £140 and this multiplies depending on the number of sessions ie 4 sessions £560 etc.
We hope you agree that the increased capacity that has been generated by your funding has enormous benefits in our local community. We have demand to run sessions out with the catchment of the community – although many families attend feeder schools to the catchment area. We are hoping funders will look favourably on the funding contributing to the wider community.
Options for Future Funding:
Fund (any) number of workshops or social spaces or age/stage related sessions
per year £140 (one off session) £1,120 (8 week series)
Fund new training for special needs facilitators (up to 6) £350 pp
Administration & Bookkeeping 10 hours month x £10/hr x 12months £1200 pa
Co-ordinator role – supervision facilitators, networking, speaking at groups development of material. 16 hrs month x 12 months x £20/hr £3840 pa
Printing flyers/advertising £ 500 pa
Pull up Banners one off cost £ 300
Duns and District Parish Church kindly currently provide the governance for the project although there is no religious material or content in the sessions.