PARENTS Online Platform Launches to 5-Nights per week
New online platform launches for parents to talk about any issues they may have, with the aim of relieving the pressures of parenthood.
By: The Cellar Trust
PARENTS Online is a platform where parents and carers can reach out via a text-based confidential chat online to receive emotional support from a trained support worker. The support worker will listen to any problems, issues or anxieties about whatever the parent or carer may be facing.
PARENTS Online is available Monday – Friday between 6pm – 9pm (from 4th October) because sometimes all a parent or carer needs is to be listened to.
The team from PARENTS Online will provide a confidential listening service, which can be used anonymously. Everyone on the chat will receive support from a fully trained worker, by using personal experience of parenting. It will be a safe space to talk openly without judgement, about anything.
The increase from 2-days to 5-days per week for PARENTS Online comes after funding of £59,996.65 was granted from the Morrisons Foundation for 12-months.
The Cellar Trust supported by Brathay Trust, together with Andy's Man Club are also including a special Dad's themed evening on Thursdays. A safe and secure place where visitors to Andy's Man Club can utilise PARENTS Online to discuss their worries of being a parent or carer.
PARENTS Online are aiming to help 455 families across the UK within the first year.
David Grant-Roberts, Lead Peer Support at The Cellar Trust, says; "During Covid, the Covid Scientific Advisory Group in Bradford highlighted the high proportion of parents who were struggling with their mental health due to the challenges of parenting. Pre-Covid, the Bradford Children and Young People's Mental Health review highlighted that support for parents was a real gap in provision leading to the bigger picture of poor child mental health. Sadly this is only worsening as a result of the pandemic.
PARENTS Online can be used anonymously, accessed from anywhere and provides the option of accessing text-based support to allow busy parents/carers to seek support discreetly whilst juggling the demands of a busy household. We provide a much-needed outlet for parents/carers and provide the option of speaking to someone who truly understands. As a consequence we can significantly help with the mental health of parents using this service and in turn positively impact the mental health of their children".