St Basils, working in partnership with the University of Birmingham, and BRAP, is to launch free parenting workshops with a difference, aimed at giving parents or carers of young people access to non-judgemental, non-stigmatised support.
‘Family and relationship breakdown’ is still the biggest cause of youth homelessness and therefore St Basils hopes that by offering preventative workshops ‘up stream’, these will help improve family relations so helping to prevent crises and ultimately homelessness.
Adolescence is a difficult time for any young person and parenting an adolescent will present challenges for all parents at some time. Offering this kind of support is becoming more needed as Young People’s operating environment is becoming increasingly complex and the gap between parental experience and the issues faced by young people grows. The nationwide 2014 Homeless Link research reported that 52% of all homelessness presentations are under 25 year olds, and over 80% of youth homelessness is as a result of family and relationship conflict. This is likely to be exacerbated with the expectation that young people will have to stay in the parental home for longer.
We have a well-established relationship with local partners including University of Birmingham, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and BRAP, having worked collaboratively on related projects before, This project builds on the success of the Mental Skills Training scheme delivered to our young people for the last 18 months in partnership with the University of Birmingham which uses psychological principles applied by athletes, and has helped improve young people’s outlook, self-belief and mental resilience.
We have now received support from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to develop a prevention model to work with parents and carers within communities to develop their knowledge, understanding, skills and resilience to support young people through adolescence. We hope this will in time contribute significantly to community resilience and cohesion.
The workshops are aimed at parents of young people aged 13 to 19 year old who are finding it hard to connect with their child and looking for tools to use when they are feeling stuck.
The workshop will help them to consider new approaches to parenting and understand why teenagers behave the way they do.
The 2 hour free workshops will cover:
- What it means to be a ‘good enough’ parent
- young people’s operating environment
- why adolescents behave the way they do
- the process of development and maturation
- emotional regulation techniques
- developing mental skills
- Access to new practical tools to use when feeling stuck
- The opportunity to connect with other parents to share and exchange ideas
We are currently looking for interested parents to attend a pilot workshop which will seek feedback from participants on approach, impact and relevance.