Parenting classes make the grade

Fifteen parents have cause for celebration this Christmas as they graduate from the ‘Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities’ course on Friday 17 December.

The 13 week course offers families, skills and techniques to change negative behaviour and improve the relationship with their child. The course offers a support network to advise and encourage parents to carry on their good work with the view that it takes a community to raise a child.

Over forty families from across the borough have been involved with the project this year, which runs on the basis that positive relationships within families, lead to positive connections within communities.

Parents join the course for many reasons, some may find it difficult to discipline their child, others may have children have issues within school, every situation is different. What they have in common is the desire to improve their family’s relationships and the course offers them the skills and knowledge to do this.

Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said “Positive relationships between parents and children lead to an altogether happier life for everyone. It’s hard raising children and this programme offers support and advice to all kinds of families. It’s great to see the mums and dads completing this course with confidence and knowledge to work with their children to make a happy home.”

The next course begins at 9.30am-12.30pm on 7 January at Ivy Gardens children’s centre.

For more information and to sign up for the course call 020 8274 5869 or call into the centre.

Notes to editors:

Ivy Gardens children’s centre, Ivy Gardens, Mitcham, CR4 1BR

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Leoni Munslow

Communications Assistant

London Borough of Merton

020 8545 4654