Celebrating the achievements of parents in Barnet

Posted on Tue 14 May 2013

Celebrating the achievements of parents in Barnet
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On Thursday 2nd May 2013 parents from different communities in Barnet gathered at the Sweets Way Community Centre in response to an invitation from the Barnet Community Parenting Consortium to celebrate their achievements.

The parents overcame language barriers as well as personal challenges to participate in and complete the 13 week culturally sensitive parenting programme, Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities (SFSC)

The evening started off with an informative presentation, Love Food Hate Waste, by Toby Jones from the North London Waste Authority providing parents with quick and easy ways to waste less food and save money in the home. Simple solutions such as freezing food before the ‘Use By’ dates to preserve its nutritional value and cooking measured portions for family meals to reduce waste were given. Parents also received goodie bags to help them reduce food waste at home.

On behalf of Julie Pal, Chief Executive of CommUNITY Barnet, Janet Matthewson, Head of Children and Young People’s Services, spoke about the importance of community in raising children and by coming together we would raise confident and resilient young people. Also in attendance was Karin Ridout, Family Focus Team Manager, representing Barnet Children’s Service.

Special guest Madam Deputy Mayoress, Cllr Kate Salinger presented the graduate parents with their certificates. Parents shared stories of their journey including a young English parent who recognised the value of her mixed heritage children learning about their dad’s culture. She has since trained to become a parent befriender and also volunteers at her local childrens’ centre to help get her back into work. Another parent talked about how creating a vision for her local community with her children during the programme inspired her to start an after school club for the parents on her estate in West Hendon. Other parents have begun to volunteer in their communities and schools.

Speaking about the achievements, Cllr Kate Salinger expressed her admiration for the parents who in spite of their English language limitation were taking steps to improve their parenting skills. She articulated that it was her hope that they would continue to give back to their communities and be positive role models for their children.

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The consortium has two parenting programmes running this Summer term. If you are interested in attending a programme or referring a parent to a programme please contact Zoe Kattah at CommUNITY Barnet on 020 8364 8400 ext 216, 07551 375 973 or email Zoe.Kattah@communitybarnet.org.uk.