That’s the message from parents across Scotland who have attended the first series of workshops as part of Contacts’ Going forward – Preparing parents for transition project.
From Inverness to the Borders, we brought together nearly 100 parents of young people aged 12 upwards to help them prepare for the journey to adulthood and to hear directly from them the questions, experiences and anxieties associated with a process that an estimated one in five* of Scotland’s schoolchildren will have to navigate.
Their thoughts and suggestions will be central to a new resource developed by, with and for parents whose children are at this crucial stage for their lifelong development and wellbeing.
One huge plus has been seeing parents making connections among themselves, exchanging phone numbers and coming together to support one another. “Confidence grows over time,” one told us. “No one feels like they’ve got it sorted at the beginning, but the more you try things and speak to people and ask questions the better you get.”
Three more regional workshops are being planned for the new year – details will be on the Contact website as soon as possible (www.contact.org.uk/Scotland). Over the next few months, we’ll also be contacting the parents who registered to take part in the project by sharing their thoughts with us. It isn’t too late to join in, so even if you can’t attend a workshop, do get in touch – email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
*The Salvesen Mindroom Centre estimates five children in every Scottish classroom has some form of disability or learning difficulty.