St. Andrew's church Avonmouth, which is attached to our Social Justice Hub, has partnered with Kids Matter, a Christian organisation whose vision is for every child in need to be raised in a strong family. They run the Kids Matter community parenting programme which equips parents and carers facing disadvantages with confidence, competence, and community, enabling their children to thrive. These groups are open to anyone in the local community.
“I don’t shout anymore. I used to be angry all the time, now hardly at all. What helped? Kids Matter. It helped to find other people to talk to. I am way calmer.”
“I’ve realised today that although I have anger issues, I am doing much better than I was a few years ago!”
“One minute you’re pregnant, the next minute you have a baby in your arms. There’s no guide or warm-up; you just get thrown into being a parent. Since doing the programme, I’m much calmer and better at recognising certain situations and honing in on key things that are happening with my children.”
“This week I have really tried to listen properly to my kids, and so I sat down when my son wanted to talk to me and he said ‘mum, you are really listening to me!”