Then don’t suffer in silence, chat through issues with other parents.
That’s the advice being made by the organisers of the Chill and Chat sessions for parents in Tewkesbury, who have won backing from the Big Lottery Fund.
The weekly sessions, organised by Community Family Care, will enable parents to get together and seek advice and guidance from a trained family support worker.
Sasha Brown, family care manager with Community Family Care, was delighted to win the £7,222 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All scheme.
“A lot of parents don’t know where to go for support,” she said.
“Many struggle on and it can become very isolating.
“They may be experiencing difficult child behaviour, family breakdown or other stresses linked to everyday life.
“They may want to offload or seek advice on problems which aren’t serious enough for social services to become involved, but if they don’t get support, the issues escalate.
“Our aim is to provide an informal environment where parents can offload and seek help – a safe space to chat to other parents who may be experiencing similar problems.
“Through early intervention, we can help prevent families reaching crisis point further down the line.”
The charity, based in Staunton, helps families, children and young people in need of support.
It seeks to improve parents’ confidence, help with routines to get children to school, or more complex support dealing with challenging behaviours at home.
The weekly drop-in sessions are set to begin on Friday September 9 from 9.15am to 11.15am during term-time at Prior’s Park Chapel in Tewkesbury, until July 2017.
The CFC grant is one of hundreds of organisations in England sharing around £30.5 million from the Reaching Communities and Awards for All programmes.
Awards for All provides grants between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations and Reaching Communities awards larger grants of £10,000 and above.