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‘Very enjoyable course and has helped me a lot, especially with my own confidence and reaching out to my children in a positive way.'
‘I learned how to listen more, to respect your fellow classmates and not let your anger get the better of you.’
Boy (12)
‘I have learned to think before I say anything when talking to my kids. I am also learning to listen better.’
‘It was very interesting and entertaining, great stories, taught me to think about my choices.’
‘I found the course very useful as Clare distinguished many ways of handling conflict as well as ways of communicating effectively.’
‘We learned how to express our feelings and how to control our anger and stop our fighting.’
Girl (12)
‘The course helped me to listen more and stand back, not to shout, to be a lot calmer.’
‘I learnt not to put myself down. I felt good about myself afterwards’
Girl (14)
'I really enjoyed doing the role-plays and learned how to stand up for myself and my friends'
Teenager (13)
‘What I found most useful was the tools to be able to listen to your child and how important it is to the child.’
‘I gained an understanding of how teenagers think and I am learning to stay calmer and have more patience with my daughter. My eyes were opened to a lot of things I was not aware of.’ Parent

Parenting Matters

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Learn to deal positively with the everyday stresses of homework, chores and sibling fighting as well as building your child's confidence.


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A warm supportive counselling service is available for adults, teenagers and children helping them to deal with a range of issues.

Youth Matters

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Help young people to deal with friendships, bullying, self-image and more by creating a toolkit of social and emotional skills.

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Young people are growing up in a different world to the one we were raised in. The world is harsher, harder and faster than it was a generation ago.

Parents are more stressed, exhausted and guilty than before, torn between the demands of work and family life, pushing themselves to be everything to everyone. Young people are faced with a consumer culture that emphasises materialistic values and perfection, as well as a culture of always on, with the various gadgets and app’s they use to communicate with each other.

Though there are many challenges to raising children today, having a close connection with them not only increases your influence, despite outside forces, but helps you build your child’s confidence and teach them the social and emotional skills necessary to succeed in school, relationships and life.

Family Matters services focus on emotional well-being and communication skills that build better relationships. Services include parenting courses, one to one parent support, counselling and workshops for primary and secondary schools with a focus on building the social and emotional skills of young people.