Free support for parents facing a long summer of uncertainty

Free support is available for parents in Kensington facing a long summer of uncertainty

With so many parents struggling to cope with a full house, homeschooling, most kids’ activities still on hold and little hope of a holiday, free support is being offered to Kensington parents experiencing relationship and parenting problems.

The ‘Building Relationships for Stronger Families’ programme, which is run by Tavistock Relationships and funded by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), is currently being provided online.  The programme offers help to parents, whether living together or apart, divorced or separated, who are experiencing relationship and parenting problems.

Sarah Ingram, head of the ‘Building Relationships for Stronger Families’ programme for Tavistock Relationships, explains:

“Many parents are telling us how hard life is during the pandemic, as they juggle family and work commitments, financial insecurity and all with very little to look forward to. 

“Research shows us that conflict between parents can have a negative effect on children’s development in terms of mental and physical health, problems with school work, sleep difficulties, and in the relationships they make themselves as they grow up.

“Lockdown has increased conflict between parents – both together and separated – and we are concerned that children, who are already having to deal with their own lockdown stresses, might be caught in the crossfire. 

“We are very keen to reach out to parents to let them know that help is available – and at no cost to them. We are here to support parents feeling under extra pressure, both as a parent and within their relationship, whether together or separated.”

The ‘Building Relationships for Stronger Families’ programme is a free and flexible support service for parents, providing one-to-one or group professional advice sessions to parents, enabling them to think about how to manage family life.  Trained therapists are able to work remotely and flexibly with Kensington parents, at a time to suit them, whether it’s in the evening or in the daytime.

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Couples and families can apply for free support direct here or by calling 020 7380 1960.