Networking with families in need of guidance, support, ideas and understanding when living with children with needs. You’re not alone.
Local Support Courses and Centres
If you are finding it hard to understand and manage your or your loved ones diagnosis, you are not alone. We all have these moments from time to time and searching for help and guidance is the first step in the right direction. I have found there to be quite a few courses available for parents, families and siblings to assist in building a strong support network. The good news is most of these courses are free, you just need to search in your local area and sometimes slightly further afield.
By completing quite a few courses myself, I have been able to break down certain moments, behaviours or issues and look at the real problems. From there I can work out ways to increase my understanding and come up with different ideas to improve our everyday lives. Whether it’s from listening to the educator giving the lecture or speaking with another attendee, I always seem to take away something new. Even just hearing from other families in similar situations helps me feel less alone. Just like me, they are there looking for just one or two things that might help.
Here is a list of words I used to help me locate the different support networks:
-free community centres
-family, child, parenting support
I also found the following on-line resources to be incredibly helpful:
Another great way of getting in touch with what’s going on in your community is to visit your local library. They offer a huge range of resources and will have information about local community groups and centres. Once you have contacted the relevant groups they can add you to their mailing list, which will keep you up to date on when, and where there are free courses or events in your area.