A new parenting course will soon start in Peasedown St John, thanks to the support of one of the village’s local Councillors.

Peasedown St John Methodist Church is to launch a brand new ‘Time Out for Parents’ initiative which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties.

Run by the Church’s Children & Families Worker Julie Winstanley, the new six-week course will look at what happens when people become parents – the surprises, disappointments and joys. It considers how to develop children’s emotional security and build the bond between parent and child through recognising their feelings, responding appropriately, being positive and listening well.

Cllr Karen Walker (Independent, Peasedown) has allocated £200 from her Ward Councillor’s Empowerment Fund this year to contribute towards the cost of the course.

Karen said: “I was only too pleased to approve this request for funding for this new parenting course.

“Any support available to help families is welcomed, especially for parents with young children who need that extra bit of advice and support.”

The new six-week course starts on Wednesday, 21st February at Peasedown St John Methodist Church from 12.15pm – 1.45pm. For more details contact Julie Winstanley via: www.peasedownmethodist.org/contactus

Each year, B&NES Councillors are allocated funding through the Ward Councillors’ Empowerment Fund to spent on projects in their communities. Peasedown Councillors Karen Walker and Gavin Heathcote will be delivering a newsletter to all households in the Spring with details of how they’ve allocated their funding.

Pictured is Cllr Karen Walker (left) presenting a cheque for £200 with Cllr Gavin Heathcote (right) to Julie Winstanley and Claire Midgley at Peasedown St John Methodist Church.