Parents and carers access supportive parenting course in Bath

Parents and carers of children with additional needs in Bath and North East Somerset can join a supportive course to help them with their child’s development.

The 10-week course, run by the Wellbeing College, will explore how children develop, behaviour difficulties and issues such as sleep and communication. It will also give parents and carers a forum to meet with other parents with children with additional needs of a similar age.

Parents have said they’ve found previous courses helpful and that they feel less anxious, while they see their children’s behaviour improve.

One parent said: “It has gradually changed the way I think and react to my child and other relationships.” Others added that they would recommend the course to any parent.

Sessions will start on Thursday 19 April and run every week (apart from during school holidays) until 28 June from 10am to 12pm at Bath Carers’ Centre, The Woodlands, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 9ES. Each session builds on the previous one so it’s important to attend as many as possible.

People can book their place by calling 0800 0388 885 or emailing

Surrinder Bains, course leader of the ‘parenting course’ being run by the Wellbeing College said: “Feedback has shown how helpful courses are for parents and we encourage as many parents and carers as possible to attend so that we can help them develop lifetime skills.

“It offers an informal environment where they can meet up with parents of similar aged children and enable them to understand and work on the continuously changing and challenging demands of parenting.”

The Wellbeing College is one of a number of services overseen by Virgin Care as part of the Bath and North East Somerset Health and Care Services which it runs on behalf of the local council and Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group.

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