Online parenting courses launched across Cornwall

Posted on: 1st August 2020

Online parenting courses launched across Cornwall to support new parents and those feeling a bit isolated and unsure as new challenges present themselves as children get older

There are new ways for parents and carers to get support in Cornwall as Together for Families, from Cornwall Council, launches a range of online parenting courses.  The teams from the counties Family Hubs, who normally deliver courses at one of the dedicated centres, have adapted since the UK went into lockdown to ensure they can continue to deliver the support families need.

Parenting courses on offer include:

·  Being Passionate about Parenting workshop ( BPAP)
·  Being Passionate about Parenting with an introduction and Awareness of ADHD workshop
·  Being Passionate about Parenting with an Introduction and awareness about the Spectrum ( this is a 6.5 hour workshop which has been sent to CAMHS for feedback)
·  Being Passionate about  Early Years parenting  ( for parents/ Carers of children 1 to 3 years)
·  Passionate about the Teenage Brain workshop

Sarah is a mum of 4 and she has just completed the Being Passionate Parenting Course, she said: “I wanted to do this course to help our two eldest with their emotions.   A combination of missing their friends and home schooling has resulted in some angry outbursts and I wanted to know how best to support them and help them to manage these emotions.

“The course was brilliant, and the family workers made us feel relaxed, we were able to talk openly and honestly, and I came away with a great toolbox of ideas that I could use.  It’s been a few weeks since the course and things are gradually getting better.”

Along with the online courses a new fortnightly Parenting Podcast has also been launched, which contains loads of little tips on everything from fussy eaters to toddler tantrums. The podcast is available via the Family Information Service, council website and through all of the major podcasting platforms.

Portfolio Holder for Children, Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Sally Hawken, said: “The need to support parents didn’t go away during lockdown, if anything the need became greater.  That’s why our teams have adapted and changed the courses so they can continue to support their communities.

“The podcasts are also an excellent resource for families with lots of helpful information, which you can download and listen to at your leisure.”

For more information on the courses that are available please visit On Line help for Parents or contact the Early Help Hub 01872 322277