Why we set up the Network…
By doing consultation with families in the community we know that parents want to be able to access relationship advice and support from the places they’re familiar with in the community, from people they already trust.
As a result of this feedback we set up the Family Relationship Network, a group of organisations committed to supporting parental relationships as part of the work they already do with the children, individuals and families they work with. As part of our Relationships Matter 2019 Conference we unveiled the first 4 members of our Family Relationship Network. You can find more about the individual members and how they are supporting parental relationships in our community below.
The Healthy Relationships Partnership would like to say a big Well Done and Thank You to the organisations who have already demonstrated their commitment being part of creating healthier relationships in Hartlepool!
Our Family Relationship Network Members!
Hartlepool Carers and our partnership have a joint agenda to support and to strengthen family relationships. The team have embraced the training opportunities offered to them – participating in both the Level 4 Qualification – working with Children, Individuals and Families and in the How To Argue Better training. They have welcomed the offer of a Volunteer Relationship Advisor to work with their kinship carers group and to develop the training offer within the organisation for staff and volunteers.
The Relationships Matter 2019 Conference is raising awareness of the needs of couples and parents with children with additional needs and Hartlepool Carers are enthusiastically supporting this agenda and are jointly delivering the event with the HRP.
MINDskills Recovery College
MINDskills Recovery Colleague are steadfast in creating time and space where people can be encouraged to speak out and connect with others when life is challenging. They have worked with the HRP to further promote their commitment to healthy relationships and supporting individuals and families to identify how mental health and relational distress can impact upon the quality of the couple relationship and how they parent. Several members from MIND and the MINDskills Recovery College have attended How to Argue Better Training. Their team members have enthusiastically illustrated how they have adapted the use of relational insights and the tools and techniques from the programme. They currently have 12 Peer Mentors nearing completion of their Volunteer Relationship Advisor training, with a further two groups of Peer Mentors accessing the training in the near future.
Belle Vue Sports, Community & Youth Centre
The Belle Vue Sports, Community & Youth Centre is a founding member of the Healthy Relationships Partnership. The Centre has developed an increased focus on strengthening family relationships in its work and in the community it serves. The centre has provided a space within its family room from which Tees Valley Mediation delivers services and Changing Futures North East/Healthy Relationships Partnership deliver therapeutic work with couples. Senior management team members sit on the HRP Board and Reference Group and senior staff have undertaken briefings to fully understand the impact of parental conflict. Staff have attended How To Argue Better training and, together with volunteers, have set up a parents led support group; building relationships. The Centre has also hosted a Volunteer Relationship Advisor who provided a regular drop in service to increase community awareness of the importance of strong parental relationships and signposting to support services.
Asylum Seekers & Refugee Drop-In Centre
The Asylum Seekers and Refugee Drop In Centre wants to ensure that everyone can be supported in times of relational distress.
Members of the team who volunteer at the Drop In Centre have welcomed the opportunity to work in partnership with the HRP to develop their understanding of how relational distress can affect the couple relationship and how this can impact upon parenting. The volunteers have enthusiastically engaged with the Relational Awareness Training further equipping them with additional skills which enable them to support community members who experience a vast array of life stressors. The centre has two volunteers who have completed Relationship Advisor training to enable them to support the community.