For Parents & Families

Helping families build futures for children

Chance UK supports families by providing a programme of activities for parents and carers that runs alongside the weekly mentoring.

Our aim is to enhance positive parenting and improve the relationship between children and their carers.

What is the Parent Support Programme?

Caregivers are central to improving children’s behaviour, confidence and happiness which is why we require the parents/carers of children on our programme to participate too. Whilst your child attends weekly sessions with their mentor we ask you to commit to taking part in 1-1 sessions with a Chance UK Parent Programme Manager as well as one or more of the group activities.

In order to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, our work with parents and carers focuses on improving their wellbeing, reducing stress & social isolation, and improving their practical parenting skills as well as their belief in their ability to parent.

It’s been great to hear other mums talk about their experiences. I’m learning some useful tips. Over the last two weeks we have been getting on really well. So this is all really positive.

Parent

We offer the following range of services and activities to parents and carers:  

1. 1:1 Sessions:

To welcome parents to the programme and discuss individual issues, build rapport and signpost to other services if appropriate.

2. A Space to Breathe Parenting Group (AStB):

A practical, solution-focused 10-week programme made up of three units. This group provides a space for parents to share and discuss parenting issues, guided by a Parent Programme Manager and accompanied by a workbook.  

3. Family Activity Days:

Time for parents and carers to enjoy quality time with their children and other Chance UK families during the school holidays with co-designed activities.

4. Parent-led Information Clinics:

Opportunities for parents to access tailored sessions delivered by service experts on a range of topics chosen by parents themselves.  

Sarah feels she has become more assertive and confident in her parenting skills and is now undertaking a teacher training course and working part-time in a school.

Chance UK Parent Programme Manager

Our family programmes offer mindful support and proven strategies for the many uncertainties of caring for children. We’ll welcome you as an individual and work together through a solution-focused journey for your family, based on proven theories and real parenting experiences.

You can make a referral online, or you can contact us directly to learn more about our family programmes.

Or maybe you’d like to know a bit more first?

  1. Who can access the parent support programme?
    If your child is accessing mentoring support from Chance UK you can benefit from the parent support programme. There is an agreement that when your child access the programme, you as a parent/carer will access the parenting programme alongside the mentoring. The parenting programme is open to all adults who care for the children, such as grandparents.
  2. How can I access the Parent Support Programme?
    If you would like to access the parent support programme, you can speak to the person referring your child or you can contact Chance UK to access the service. You are more than welcome to contact one of the Chance UK Parenting Team (parentprogrammeteam@chanceuk.com) or look at the website to find out more (www.chanceuk.com)
  3. Is the parenting programme separate to the mentoring?
    The parenting programme focuses solely on supporting parents of children who are involved in mentoring. It is not separate, in that it runs alongside the mentoring to provide a holistic approach to supporting parents.
  4. I have other children not involved in the programme; can I get support with them?
    Yes the parenting programme aims to support parents/cares and the family as a whole.
  5. What if I do not need any support as a parent/carer?
    When it comes to parenting, we believe there is always something new to learn. It also allows you to be a good role model for your children, as they see you complete a programme alongside them. The parenting programme can also be a good opportunity for you to meet other parents on the programme and create meaningful relationships. Furthermore, it can be an opportunity for you to share any parenting tips and techniques you have found useful.
  6. How many times can I contact my Parent Programme Manager? You must commit to taking part in 1-1 sessions with a Chance UK Parent Programme Manager as well as one or more of the other activities. You are entitled to a minimum of 3 1-1 sessions with your PPM.
  1. Do I have to attend every AStB sessions? There are ten group sessions consisting of three units. It is entirely up to you how many sessions you attend. We find that the more sessions you attend the greater the benefit. We do suggest that you to attend at least one of three units.
  1. Will I get a certificate at the end of the AStB programme?
    You will receive a Chance UK workbook for the completion of each unit of the AStB programme. To acknowledge their commitment, a certificate will be awarded for those who have completed all three units, in addition to all three workbooks.
  2. What if I don’t like sharing in a group?
    If you do not like sharing, you are more than welcome to attend sessions by simply listening in. Following the session, you can share your views in a 1-1 session with your parenting manager.
  3. I’m worried about being judged by others?
    We offer an inclusive environment free of judgment. The objective is to share views and discuss concerns or troubles parents/carers may be having. We also have a group agreement to ensure that group sessions are run in a supportive manner
  1. What exactly are the Parent Information Clinics?

These are one off sessions dealing with a range of issues such as legal matters, building effective relationships, healthy Eating. We encourage parents to give us ideas for these sessions.

  1. What if I don’t have the time to attend any of the sessions?
    Our aim is to work with parents in a way that suits them. If you are unable to attend any sessions, please speak to a parent programme manager who can discuss ways in which you can still access the materials in a way that suits you.

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