• About the programme

    Being a parent is hugely rewarding role – but it can also be a challenging one. Whether you are a mum, dad, step-parent or grandparent, raising children can be the greatest joy in the world, but it’s not the easiest of jobs.

    Parenting Matters is a 16-hour course, tailored to meet the needs of today’s parents. On the course we work with parents to look at the issues that are important to them. Together, we explore strategies and approaches that can be used in the real world when parenting.

    All of our facilitators are parents themselves and have been on the Parenting Matters course; this is because we know that the best people to help parents are other parents. We all develop skills and expertise as we bring up our children. Our facilitators give parents the opportunity to share these skills, and learn from each other in a more focused way.

    Parents who participate in our Parenting Matters course also have the opportunity to become a Licensed Parenting Matters Facilitator or undergo training and support to run a parent support group in their local community.

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    Parenting Matters

    Stage 1


    Accredited by Glasgow Kelvin College, Parenting Matters is a 16 hour course (usually delivered over 8 weeks) for those who are in a parenting role. It aims to build the participants' confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to appreciate and develop their own style of parenting. It encourages parents to find time to care for themselves so they can better care for others, and to share and identify tools that they could use when parenting.

    Development Award

    Stage 2


    Accredited by the Institute of Leadership Management via the Social Enterprise Academy, the Development Award is a 24 hour intensive training experience. The course will support participants by:

    • Building their confidence when working with parents

    • Linking needs, feelings and behaviours

    • Recognising and accepting the emotional context when working with parents

    • Involving parents and families in leadership, decision-making and change through learning

    Endorsed Award

    Stage 3

    Certificated by Parent Network Scotland, this award is a blend of peer-led coaching, mentoring, delivery, and reflective practice carried out over a minimum of 16 hours.

    Participants are coached and mentored throughout the delivery of support groups, supported to build a portfolio of their learning, and given the option of undertaking an assessed presentation on their personal development. Those who complete their PNS Group Leader programme have the option to apply to Glasgow Kelvin College for a Community Achievement Award