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New programme aimed at offering parenting advice

Clare McGillion and Maria Herron are encouraging local people to get involved with the ‘Parenting Apart’ programme.

A PROGRAMME aimed at parents who are divorced or divorcing will offer practical advice on the emotional impact of separation.

Taking place at Strabane Community Project on Barrack Street, the ‘Parenting Apart’ programme will last six weeks and explore a wide range of issues that separating parents may face including parenting roles, shifting relationships, finances, legalities and moving on.

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According to Families Together key worker Clare McGillion, the programme could help parents and children through stressful and anxious times.

“Although adults can feel immersed in their own difficulties, this programme can help parents focus on the child’s needs,” she said. “With the aim of minimising the impact of the separation, parents who previously attended this programme said they would highly recommend other parents to attend.”

As an invaluable local resource for parents and children, Families Together offers a free, confidential service to anyone willing to attend.

“As part of our service for families we offer counselling for parents, therapeutic work with children and various workshops and programmes on parenting – all based on research and experiences of parents.” Clare added.

The programme will take today, Monday, April 23 at the new Strabane Community Project Building, Barrack Street from 10-12am, with registration at 9.30am.

Interested parents can apply by sending a text to Clare on 078 2539 2136, or by completing the online expression of interest at www.parentingni.org

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