I am new to this forum but glad it exists!! My name is Carolyn Harrison and I work for Barnardos Children centres in Eden and we are looking to change our exsisting support groups which happen in Penrith and Appleby.
We have worked with some families to explore what these support groups should look like, and a plan is evolving.
We are looking at having a support group which works on peer support mainly but also has space for professional support. The group could happen every fortnight, changing venue and time of day each time to allow access to more parents.
We would concentrate on three areas to begin with Penrith, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen as it was recognised that we are not reaching out to all parents by staying in two areas only.This does leave Alston isolated , this needs to be kept in mind and some work with the local S.N.A.M group may be the way forward.
All important stuff, but most important to us would be your views on this idea. Maybe you have a suggestion of a good venue, or time of day, way to promote the groups or a professional you would like to see there to talk to or hear from.
Whatever your thoughts, please let me know.