Linda Carmichael and Joanne McBrearty have recently completed their training to become facilitators in the Strengthening Families programme.

The programme is run over seven week. It aims to bring families together through group discussions, fun games and activities to try at home. It focuses on topics such as managing adolescent behaviour, communication between parents/carers & children, exploring skills and tools to ensure appropriate boundaries, peer pressure, substance misuse, making positive life choices and strengthening the parent/ child relationship through working and problem solving together.

Linda has been co-facilitating with partner agencies and the first group has just finished. Linda feels she learnt a lot from participating as a facilitator and the families gained a lot from the group. There has also been good feedback already on the changes in the young people who have attended the group.