PARENTS will be given expert support through a new programme set up by MK Dons Sport and Education Trust and Milton Keynes Council.
‘Get SET Get Parenting’ will see MK Dons SET work in partnership with the experienced national charity Family Lives and Community Action MK over the next three years to provide information, advice and support as well as free universal face to face and online parenting courses.
The service will be launched over the summer with a series of information and taster sessions:
Every Tuesday between 9.30am and 12.30pm until August 21 at the Lakes Estate Community Centre, and between 2pm and 5pm at
Derwent Drive Youth Club
Every Wednesday 2pm -5pm until August 22 at the Beanhill Playing Field
Every Thursday between 9:30am and 12:30pm until August 23 at the Langland School Field, Netherfield
Every Friday between 9:30am and 12:30pm until August 24 at the Pirate Ship Playground, Fishermead
Eli Treadwell, the Parenting Manager for Get SET Get Parenting, said: “These taster sessions will enable us to listen to parents and main caregivers and develop an understanding of their needs. Their feedback and ideas will help us establish a mix of courses that are most relevant to parents and will help us to find out what works best. Being a parent is one of the hardest roles we can take on in life and Get SET Get Parenting will be here to support.”
John Cove Chief Executive of the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust said: “Good parenting sets our children up for life and Get SET Get Parenting is an investment in our children’s future and Milton Keynes’ future.”
Get SET Get Parenting is available everyday to offer support. They are available online and can be contacted on a dedicated helpline 01908 322224, the Family Support Team on 01908 622888 or via email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get SET Get Parenting is part of the council’s ‘early help’ programme which aims to support families with parenting support, community engagement and emotional and psychological wellbeing services. The MK Dons SET parenting programme sits alongside community engagement services provided by Community Action MK and emotional and psychological wellbeing services for children and young people provided by Milton Keynes Community Health Services. Each of the providers have worked positively with communities and families in Milton Keynes for many years and will be strengthening and building on their successes as part of the early help contract.
Will Spurgeon, Assistant Director Integrated Support, said: “The early help contracts will ensure that a broad spectrum of community needs are met. The providers will be working closely with each other and the council to make sure that families receive the right services at the right time, avoiding gaps and wasteful duplication.”