LOCAL mum Raula Simonffy won a family stress busting Kit in a competition on top parenting tips, run by Berwick Library and Berwick Volunteers in Family Support
Raula’s winning tip was ‘active listening solves lots of problems’, just one of the 25 entries received. She was presented with her prize by Jan Casson, locality manager for Sure Start.
Diane Wright, team librarian and Melanie Eve, co-ordinator of the volunteering project, generated the competition as a way of helping parents enhance their parenting skills.
“I’m a great believer in learning from experience, and most people have the life long experience of being a parent or step-parent,” said Melanie, who works for the charity, Community Service Volunteers. “The people of Berwick are likely to have a lifetime of parenting skills to share, and the competition is a way of recognising this.”
The prize of a family stress busting kit captured the imagination of colleagues who donated small things that together made a big difference. CSV would like to thank all those who donated gifts, including: family DVDs and a family game from care workers, a free haircut and a free massage from Northumberland College, a selection of aromatherapy oils from CSV, a guide book on local walks, sweets, stickers, pocket kits and rain ponchos from Northumberland Tourist Information.
Melanie said: “Life’s luxuries can be the first to go, and much more leisure time is likely to be spent at home, so we tried to think about a prize which would help meet a typical family’s needs at a time when everyone is struggling.”
The library stocks a range of parenting guides including: My Brother is Different, Peer Pressure and I Am Utterly Unique – celebrating the strength of children with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.
CSV is a national charity that has helped people volunteer safely, in their communities, for 50 years. The project here in Berwick is unique in providing help where it is needed, at an early stage. The partnership between Community Service Volunteers and Northumberland County Council offers a way for local people to support families.
“Our project is a way for families to get the encouragement and support they need for six months,” said Melanie.
To volunteer , contact project co-ordinator, Melanie Eve: 07531 107892 firstname.lastname@example.org.