Introducing our newest volunteers

11 volunteers are currently being trained at Quedgeley Village Hall.  They are undertaking a 40 hour course in preparation for supporting families.

Home-Start will be accepting referrals to support families living in Quedgeley & Kingsway from December 2016.

Course No. 31

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Mindfulness in Parenting

Home-Start is working with Mindful Parenting & Community Project, Bristol to support Home-Start parents in the Stroud District.

A Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course for parents, carers and parents to be, which looks at how we deal with the stress and worry which comes when in the role of a parent or carer.  This eight-week course allows parents to notice what our habitual patterns of reactivity are like, and how mindfulness based practices can help us learn how to regulate our emotions including the stress reaction.  Therefore supporting us to be able to pause, soften, connect with our breath and be in the moment with whatever is here, and therefore respond more appropriately.

Evidence shows that when under stress, parenting skills are found to collapse. In Mindfulness for Parents, the parents’ own stress and suffering, are the primary focus of the training rather than the problem behaviour of the child.

Mindfulness for Parents/Carers and Parents to be supports us through:

  • Reducing stress
  • Reducing harmful intergenerational patterns of parenting
  • Improving affect or emotional regulation
  • Improving family communication and relationships

This course designed for Home-Start families and will start in January 2017.

Delivered by Mindful Parenting & Community Project.

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Mindfulness in volunteering

Home-Start volunteers took part in a  two-hour Mindfulness Workshop, which looked at how we deal with the stress and the stressors that can relate to being in the role of a parent or carer.

This workshop looked at what our habitual patterns of reactivity are like and how mindfulness based practices can help us learn how to regulate our emotions, including the stress reaction.  Therefore supporting us to be able to pause, soften, connect with our breath and be in the moment with whatever is here, therefore responding more appropriately.

Evidence shows that when under stress, parenting skills are found to collapse. In Mindfulness for Parents, the parents’ own stress and suffering, are the primary focus of the training rather than the problem behaviour of the child.

Thanks to Mindful Parenting and Community Project, Bristol for leading the workshop.

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Mothers in Mind

A new drop-in Group for Home-Start mums and babies/children will begin in November.  It is a friendly and informal drop-in group.  Pop in any time and stay as long as you like between 10 am and 12 noon every Tuesday for a chat.boygirlmum

We will be meeting at The Arkell Centre, Forest Green, Nailsworth on 1st, 8th, 22nd & 29th November.

We will be meeting at The Vibe, Tabernacle Church, Dursley on 15th November.

Get in touch if you would like to come along.

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