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Important Update from The Weald Family Hub

Two months after we launched the Weald Family Hub at St Mary’s Goudhurst (and you can listen here to the talk given that evening by Ian Soars) we are now ready to recruit for our first two posts.

The Weald Family Hub Coordinator  will focus on establishing the Hub as a key local network of support for young people and families and on setting up parenting groups across the Wealden villages. This is a two day per week post and will be employed by St Mary’s Church on behalf of the Hub.  The Parent Support Coordinator will focus on recruiting and training volunteers to run Fegans’ Parents Supporting Parents Scheme. This is a one day per week job and will be employed by Fegans. Both posts will be based at St Mary’s and will operate across the whole of the Weald. 

These posts could be done by two people, or by the same person, and we welcome applications from people interested in either one or other of the jobs, and from anyone interested in doing all three days as a single post.

More information, including an application pack and details of how to apply for the Hub Coordinator post are available here. To apply for the Parent Support Coordinator, recruited and employed by Fegans, click here. Please note, if you are interested in both jobs, you will need to complete both application forms.

For more information about the posts please call Hugh Nelson on 01580 211739    In late August we held a meeting for people interested in volunteering as  Volunteers with the Fegans Parent Support Scheme. 12 people came along to hear two current volunteers talk about their work supporting  parents. They explained that the key to the role is to be good at listening and supporting parents so that they can discover their own solutions to the issues they are facing.  Fegans provide thorough training to all volunteers, including a a structure for the sessions with parents and lots of practical ideas and tips for volunteers to offer parents struggling with difficulties in their families.

As soon as the new Coordinator is in post he or she will begin supporting those interested to go through Fegans’ selection and training to become Parent Support Volunteers, and they will be at the heart of the work of Hub. 

If you’d be interested in finding out more about becoming a Parent Support Volunteer, there is information on the Fegans website  Look out for a new logo for the Weald Family Hub. We are delighted to have a professional designer working with us to develop an image that we can use widely to share who we are and what we do. 

We’d also like to set up a website for the Hub, so if you’ve got skills or expertise in web design, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Hugh Nelson on 01580 211739 or    School term started last week and the money we raised over the summer has enabled Fegans to employ a 2 day per week Counsellor.  She is already at work, and over the next year will work in 12 local schools providing counselling to children who need professional help and might not otherwise have received it.

We are delighted to see the first fruits of the vision that emerged earlier this year to set up a local network that supports families and young people in the Weald to live well in an increasingly complex world. This is our first step in working against the growing epidemic of mental illness amongst young people and our prayers are with the counsellor as she starts her work.  This video from Fegans tells a powerful story of a family who benefitted from the Parents Supporting Parents Scheme.


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