Kids Matter Course
We are passionate about supporting parenting to strengthen family life. As parents ourselves we know first-hand how hard it is and how much we need the support of others in our journey raising our children. At Kids Matter we hope to provide that support to parents all over the UK.
Our vision is to equip the church to empower disadvantaged parents and carers to develop confidence and parenting skills within their community to enable their children to flourish and sustain well-functioning family life.
We do this through training and equipping front line church and Christian community leaders to run our relational and community based Kids Matter parenting programme. Research shows that if parents have existing connections with parenting programme facilitators, they are more likely to engage with the material and retain what they have received. In addition, these leaders will also be able to help connect them to other activities in the wider community and reduce isolation.
Our evidence based 8-week Kids Matter parenting programme offers parents practical tips and skills on how to make family life/parenting more successful and enjoyable in a warm, supportive environment. We envisage hundreds of these small groups meeting in local communities all over the country, learning how to strengthen their families and supporting one another in doing so.
Our model is to partner with churches and charities who want to reach families struggling with adversity in their local communities and support them in doing so. Kids Matter parenting groups are uniquely relational. Facilitators foster an atmosphere of trust by sharing their own parenting experiences as well as imparting key learning points from our evidence based material. Provision of child care and delicious refreshments create a warm welcome and parents are invited to participate in ongoing wider community activities beyond the end of the programme.