Launch of the PARENTS online platform at 5 nights per week
The Cellar Trust, a Bradford-based mental health charity supported by Brathay Trust, a UK-wide youth and family charity, operates the PARENTS Online platform. Launch at 5 nights per week (previously 2 nights) from Monday October 4th due to increased demand.
PARENTS Online is a platform where parents and guardians can contact via confidential text-based online chat to receive emotional support from a trained support worker. The support worker will listen to any issues, problems or concerns regarding anything the parent or guardian may be facing.
2021 has brought many new challenges for parents and caregivers, not only because of the pandemic and home schooling, but also with job losses, illnesses, income losses and mental health issues. . PARENTS Online is available Monday to Friday between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (starting October 4) because sometimes all a parent or guardian needs is to be listened to.
The PARENTS Online team will provide a confidential listening service that can be used anonymously. Everyone on the chat will receive the support of a fully trained worker, using their personal parenting experience. It will be a safe space to speak openly, without judgment, about anything.
The increase from 2 days to 5 days a week for PARENTS Online comes after funding of Â£ 59,996.65 was granted by the Morrisons Foundation for 12 months.
The Brathay Trust-backed Cellar Trust, in conjunction with Andy’s Man Club, also has a special themed party for dads on Thursdays. A safe and secure place where visitors to Andy’s Man Club can use PARENTS Online to discuss their concerns as a parent or guardian.
PARENTS Online aims to help 455 families across the UK in the first year.
David Grant-Roberts, Head of Peer Support at The Cellar Trust, says: âDuring Covid, the Covid Scientific Advisory Group in Bradford highlighted the high proportion of parents struggling with their mental health due to the challenges of parenting. Before Covid, the Bradford Child and Youth Mental Health Review highlighted support for parents as a real gap in the offer leading to a broader picture of poor children’s mental health. Unfortunately, it is only getting worse because of the pandemic.
PARENTS Online can be used anonymously, accessible from anywhere, and offers the ability to access text-based assistance to enable busy parents / guardians to seek help discreetly while juggling the demands of a household busy. We provide a much needed outlet for parents / guardians and provide the opportunity to speak to someone who truly understands. As a result, we can significantly contribute to the mental health of parents using this service and thus have a positive impact on the mental health of their children â.
The Cellar Trust is a mental health charity, which aims to help hundreds of people across the UK.
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