PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAMME
The involvement of parents and guardians is crucial we believe during the young persons’ engagement with our services. Over recent years Candle has been working more effectively with parents and family and as a result, parents are engaged and are more involved in their child’s placement and well-being.
Candle’s Parent Support programme aims to work with some of the parents whose children attend our services. The primary focus of this parent group was to introduce the participants to a variety of therapies such as acupuncture, reflexology and mindfulness practice that can help relieve stress and anxiety in their lives. The programme has been a great success, the parents reporting lower levels of stress in the family home as they put their new found skills into practice.
The Youth Service began working with young people living in the Direct Provision centre in Clondalkin and to better support them the parent programme engaged with the parents. As a result, the programme has developed into an evening of cooking and sharing of recipes, followed by communal acupuncture and meditation.