Program for Positive Parenting
About the Project
During the Covid crisis, Shpresa Programme has continued to run parenting training in partnership with Total Family Coaching, and mental health sessions with Manor Garden Welfare Trust.
Since March 2020, there has been a rising demand for parenting training from many parents; mainly from single mothers seeking asylum in the UK, and women who are victims of trafficking or domestic violence. In July, we established a close partnership with Total Family Coaching to jointly address and meet the demand for parenting skills and support. Since then we have been able to deliver Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme), which is well-known for its effectiveness and evidence-based approach for parents to treat behaviour and emotional problems in children and teenagers. The training is delivered by Adelina Toplica Badivuku, Specialist Practitioner at Total Family Coaching.
Since July 2020, we have managed to deliver two training sessions for two groups, where over 50 women have attended and have been certified by Triple P. From these groups, we have then recruited parents to join the Parent Champions Network platform, which aims to create a support network for Albanian-speaking parents and carers across the UK. This network is an online platform for parents and carers to help each other address complex problems, and to collectively resolve them with the guidance of those who are appropriately trained.
This platform will train 8-12 parents and carers who will then have the opportunity to become Champion Peer Mentors – to support and promote positive parenting among our community. They will be actively writing tips, articles and setting up initiatives to support families whose children might be facing education, legal, health, mental or social care issues.
Triple P has been so successful that we have seen an increasing demand from parents wanting to register. We have a waiting list of over 40 people who are interested to attend. We are also thrilled to announce that Shpresa Programme is also working on recruiting fathers for a parenting group that’s just for them, where we’ll apply the same approach as the Triple P and Champions Peer Mentors platforms.