Community training worth nearly £2,000 is being offered to parents in Cardiff for free.
The workshops, run by the children’s charity Place2Be, will teach adults basic counselling skills to communicate better with children.
The initial workshops are being funded by generous funding from the Big Lottery Fund; the workshops would usually cost £95 each – and attendees can then apply for The Place2Be Foundation Course, usually priced at £1,750, for free.
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The training will enable locals to support children emotionally at their greatest time of need.
In Cardiff, there are currently six primary schools participating in the Welsh Assembly’s National School based counselling programme: Glan-yr-afon Primary School, Grangetown Primary School, Herbert Thompson Primary School, Moorland Primary School, Ninian Park Primary School, and Windsor Clive Primary School.
The course results in either an accredited qualification or a pathway to becoming a Place2Be volunteer counsellor working with local schools.
It is open to absolutely anyone, with current volunteers including a retired Grandfather, an architect, an anthropologist, and a call centre receptionist.
Within these schools 43% are on the special needs register and up to 20 children in one school are on the child protection list – making the need for counselling paramount.
The initial workshops will take place on 4, 18, 28 February at the Llanrumney Library, Cardiff; the sessions will run from 9am until 5pm.
Participants will be chosen on a first-come-first-served basis; those wishing to take part should email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0207 923 5558.