The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Heather Johnson, welcomed the parenting voucher trial at the local launch in Camden.
The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Heather Johnson, welcomed the parenting voucher trial at the local launch today in Euston saying it was important to provide parenting support for all parents in Camden to improve life chances for children adding, “We are very pleased that the Department for Education chose Camden to take part in this trial.”
Today’s event gave local parents the opportunity to talk to the organisations providing parenting support and advice as part of the trial to find out more about what they can offer.
Julia Gault, Head of Family Strategy and Engagement Division at the Department of Education said, “The trial is about making sure parents get a choice of support to give them tips and advice on parenting”.
A mother of three spoke about her community group’s experiences of attending parenting classes, she said, "We come from a war country, the way we discipline our kids is different to how other people do it and we wanted to do it in a non violent way. I’m doing this one to learn more ways of being strong and not losing tempers…We teach each other different techniques and different ways of disciplining our kids.”
The launch was attended by local parents and community leaders as well as organisations helping to spread the word about CANparent by handing out the £100 vouchers to parents. Anna Berlyn from Women and Health, a local organisation supporting women’s health and wellbeing said, “It was really powerful to hear from parents who have personally benefited from the parenting programmes and to hear first hand how they feel it has helped them.”
To find out more about CANparent, visit www.canparent.org.uk
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Ecorys, ParentingUK, Orion and Voluntary Action Camden are working together and will be supporting the local providers in each area. The consortium will manage voucher production and distribution, the website and a helpline for parents wanting to access the free classes. We will also be working with the local workforce in distributing vouchers to parents through children’s centres, nurseries, health visitors, leisure centres and GP surgeries, as well as making payments to class providers and gathering data from the trial.