Council launches sessions to help parents ‘ride the storm’

30 Apr 2013 @ 1.25 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

City of York Council has joined forces with a local branch of the national charity Relate to deliver much-needed additional support for parents of teenagers in York.

Following an increase in requests for support to the council’s Family Information Service from parents struggling with issues specifically around the teenage years, the Children’s Trust Unit has commissioned five ‘Riding the Storm’ courses for the coming year.

Riding the Storm is a programme that is delivered by Relate and is specially designed to help mums, dads and carers develop a better relationship with their teenagers by improving how they communicate. The courses are short, practical, fun and free, they include:

  • Everyday pressures on young people today
  • Teenage issues around sex and relationships
  • How to deal with arguments
  • Setting boundaries and resolving problems

The first two programmes are on Friday 3 May and 10 May between 9.30am and 3.30pm at Priory Street Centre, the sessions include lunch. There are also sessions in the evening, on Thursday 23 May, 6 June and 13 June at the Friends Meeting House, Friargate between 6pm an 9pm and includes refreshments.

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People, said: “I am delighted that the council is working with Relate to deliver these courses that will support parents who have teenagers. The council funds a range of programmes and courses to support mothers and fathers with practical ideas, advice and support for every stage of a child’s life.

“We noticed an increase in queries to our Family Information Service about support for very specific teenage issues, for example, handling the changes in behaviour that hormones bring and dealing with questions around sex, relationships, drugs and increasing independence whilst keeping our young people safe. Relate have been able to offer a great short course, which we hope parents will enjoy coming along to.”

Parents can access the course by contacting the co-ordinator Kathryn Ashworth direct on 01302 347 445 or via [email protected] or by contacting the Council’s Family Information Service by phone on 01904 554444.

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