Further opportunities to take part in Strengthening Families programme

There are many challenges for children who are about to become teenagers, and for their parents/carers. To provide support to young people and their families, Perth & Kinross Council's Strengthening Families Programme will again be offering free evening sessions over a seven-week period at various locations across the local area, starting in late October 2017.

Strengthening Families is designed to support families with 10 year olds to prepare for their teenage years. The programme focusses on improving family relationships and preventing potential issues faced by many young people: for example, reducing both the chances of them experiencing the effects of poor emotional wellbeing, e.g. stress and anxiety, as well as the likelihood of them becoming involved in misusing substances, such as alcohol, as they grow older.

The sessions are designed for both young people and their parents and carers, and over the course of the programme, families will develop a better understanding of each other's strengths and qualities. This will enable them to then better support each other and have a positive experience of the young person's teenage years. 

With a mix of group learning time and family activities, young people will develop skills to appreciate others' feelings, and learn how to handle peer pressure which can often be experienced around the subjects of drugs and alcohol.  They will also learn how to set personal goals for the future, to encourage success at school and beyond. In addition, parents and carers will learn different ways to support young people and how to set boundaries for them as they get older.

A free evening meal will be provided as well as free childcare and play activities for other siblings at the sessions. Support with transport can also be arranged for families. The evening sessions last between two and two and a half hours, and will take place once a week for seven weeks at the following locations:

  • Glenearn Community Campus, Perth: running on Wednesdays from 1 November to 13 December 2017, 5pm to 7.30pm
  • North Inch Community Campus, Perth: running on Wednesdays from 25 October to 13 December 2017, 5pm to 7.30pm
  • Goodlyburn Primary School, Perth: running on Thursdays from 26 October to 6 December 2017, 5pm to 7.30pm

The above groups are open to all families, regardless of whether their child attends any of these schools.

To sign up for a Strengthening Families group, please complete an application form or phone 01738 477697.