The Healthy Parent Carer Programme is a national course which you can find out more about HERE.
2 members of our steering group Louise and Pearl were trained to facilitate the programme and are parent carers themselves.
In September of 2023, the forum delivered the FREE 12 week Healthy Parent Carer programme to 4 local parents and carers of children with SEND.
Each session was 2 hours long and were held virtually.
The programme is designed to improve parent carers’ health and wellbeing by promoting empowerment, confidence, and resilience.
Parents and carers often prioritise the health and wellbeing of their children over their own physical and emotional needs which may have negative consequences on their wellbeing and impacting on their children and families.
Some of the sessions covered:
- Keeping Healthy
- Managing Stress
On the odd occasion, a parent was unable to attend a specific session, Louise sent them a detailed email of the session so they didn’t miss out.
Everyone who completed the course received a certificate.
Parent feedback from the 2023 course included:
“Engaging in the Healthy Parent Carer programme has been loads of fun! The content was rich, the facilitators were knowledgeable, and the sessions were interactive. My experiences were validated and I have genuinely felt more relaxed since”.
“It was a great course; tbh I did worry that it would be a bit preachy and pointless. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. A big thanks to you and the team for taking the time to consider parent-carers and for designing a space for us to take time to think about ourselves. I didn’t honestly think anyone outside of *what we do* even considered us for a moment. So it’s much appreciated.”
“Everyone who can should attend, I really enjoyed it”.
If you are unsuccessful in securing your place on our second delivery of this course, please don’t worry, we hope to run the next programme in the summer.
Pearl and Louise are doing additional training to deliver this programme in person and in the future we want to deliver it both virtually and face to face. Each session will last between 2-3 hours.
To ensure you receive an exclusive invitation to participate in the course, please sign up to our email.