All families, no matter their shape or size can be affected by social pressures, relationship breakdowns and communication difficulties.When family members are suffering and turn to addictive, or risk-taking behaviour and mental health issues, being a parent can be tough.
“We get launched into parenthood with the expectation that we know what we are doing and the whole thing’s a given. But growing a small human is tricky, and helping them grow themselves into bigger humans can be a serious challenge.” (Shona, Family Support Team Leader)
Volunteer mentors meet with parents for an hour a week to provide them with a safe space to have their voice heard and unpick what’s going on.
“It’s not just about helping people become better parents, we aim to help people reach their full potential in all aspects of their life helping them find their identity again, reminding them that they aren’t just ‘mum’ or ‘dad’.”
This gift will be used where it is most needed in The Door’s Family Support Service.