We believe, “It takes a village to raise a child”.
– African Proverb
Let’s come together to build that village!
Advocacy Creates Empowerment
Please join us on Monday 29th November 2021 with Guest Speaker Madu Ellis sharing how Advocacy Creates Empowerment.
Madu Ellis, is an Ujima Radio host and a respected black history and culture advocate. He has been living in Bristol since the 80s and believes, “There is a need for us to continue to embrace African thinking.”
“There is a need for us to continue to embrace African thinking.”
– Madu Ellis | Let’s Talk Guest Speaker
This intimate conversation with Madu will cover points such as:
- As parents and carers, what can we do to take charge?
- What are we going to do differently?
- How do you advocate in schools?
- Did you know that Parents are ranked 7th place for influencing their children? (Source: Dr.Jawanza Kunjufu, Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys)
Monday 29th November 2021 – Schedule
6-7pm – Welcome and informal chat with Judit Davis and fellow parents and carers – an opportunity to express yourself and bring your questions.
7-8pm – Guest Speaker Madu Ellis
You are welcome to join us from 6pm for the main meeting or just turn up for the guest speaker at 7pm.
Light refreshments are provided.
Is this Group for Me?
Let’s Talk for Parents & Carers is an inclusive space open to all individuals with childcare responsibilities for young people of any age. Whether you’re a mother or father, step-parent, adoptive parent or foster carer, and whatever your religion, cultural background or family setup be it co-parenting, single parenting or blended families, you are encouraged to participate in this fantastic initiative.
If you care for a young person in any capacity, this group is for you!
Sharing Success Stories and Struggles Together to Support Peer-to-Peer Learning
Let’s Talk for Parents & Carers is a space and time to be heard, learn and grow together around the common issues being faced by our children and young people today. Most importantly we’re here to help you to not feel alone in all we are going through as families during these challenging times.
It’s an informal group run by local parents and carers with support from Full Circle Youth Services and Bristol City Council Safer Options staff team.
Held at Docklands Community Centre in the heart of St Pauls, we welcome an insightful guest speaker each month. Conversations focus on a range of topics from advocacy, SEN, education, exclusion, county lines, parenting styles, youth offending, and positive youth engagement. All topics chosen by you, the parents and carers.
- Time and space for parents and carers to connect with others.
- Time to drop the parenting / carers mask. Each one teach one, as we share experience and knowledge.
- Gain support around navigating through the system around support and services for you and your child / young person.
- Events, skill sharing and training opportunities – supported by use of WhatsApp group.
- Monthly guest speaker conversations on a variety of topics chosen by you.
- Free confidential advice and support.
- We guarantee what is said in the meeting stays in the room.
- Options to arrange for a 1-to-1 meet up, phone or zoom – the choice is yours.
Making a Difference Through Collaborative Support
“When a parent or carer comes back to tell you thanks… it’s a joy. When a parent rings you at whatever o’clock as they know you’re there as a supportive listening ear – these are all the things which matter and make the difference.”
– Judit Davis | Family Mentor & Group Coordinator
“Parenting support is needed now more than ever.” explains mentor and group coordinator Judit Davis. “I have the pleasure of supporting the Full Circle Parents and Carers group, which started because local parents identified needs and desire to gain support and changes for themselves and children. During Covid lockdowns the group continued to meet and support each other. At each meeting we also do a head, heart and mind check in, a few riddles, as well as discussing what is going on for all of us in the here and now with no judgement, just care – as the group has worked so hard to create an environment where you can ask for help. We have an agreement in the group that what happens in the parents meeting stays in the meeting, so it’s hard for me to verbally share the impactful difference it has made. All I will say is when a parent or carer comes back to tell you thanks and where they are now, it’s a joy. When a parent rings you at whatever o’clock as they know you’re there as a supportive listening ear – these are all the things which matter and make the difference.”
🗣 Diverse Perspectives
Let’s Talk for Parents and Carers are particularly keen to hear the voices of fathers and male carers. Please share as widely as possible with any parents and carers you feel will be interested.
📆 Dates for Your Diary
Our next meeting is on Monday 29th November from 6 to 8pm with Guest Speaker Madu Ellis sharing how Advocacy Creates Empowerment.
Our December meet up is on Monday 20th December from 6 to 8pm in which Shanade Stannard from Project Zazi will be our guest speaker with some festive fun for us all! Look our for more info coming soon!
📧 Get in Touch
The group is open access so there’s no need to book – just come along to Docklands on the night. If you’d like to chat in advance or find out more about our Let’s Talk for Parents and Carers meetings, please don’t hesitate to contact Judit Davis on 07851 171635 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Nick Bond Nick.Bond@bristol.gov.uk.
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