Discoverin’ Families is a project which supports parents and carers to get involved in their community.
There are two strands to the project, one which is based in Whitfield and covers the North-East of Dundee and works in partnership with One Parent Family Scotland and a second strand which works in the Charleston area of Dundee and aims to promote the capacity of local families to improve their quality of life.
North East Dundee
Discoverin’ Families in the North East aims to ensure that all parents/carers are offered an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and share their experiences. Creating support networks for parents has been identified as a local issue and something in which we are keen to prioritise and plug. Building relationships and peer support groups brings local people together and reduces our social isolation. Parents and carers are brought together by Discoverin’ Families in a safe place for both adults and children. Co-production plays a huge role in what we are doing where the needs of the community are listened to and acted upon using a strengths based approach. Seeking out what skills are readily available in our communities and how these can be used as solutions, help us to make positive change locally. Building the capacities of parents/carers and groups builds the strength and resilience of a community and everyone in it. We aim to connect people with people and locals to their community.
We know families who live in areas of deprivation face many barriers but we also know that there is an abundance of skills and talents these families have and use to create new opportunities for their children. We see local parents as assets and the job in hand is to build upon their ideas and suggestions and to help bring these to life. For some parents engagement is not easy due to work and study commitments and the fact that local services are not available at evenings and weekends. It is these parents Discoverin Families regularly meets and offers family socialisation opportunities to in the form of Family Fun on Fridays monthly events and Saturday morning monthly events. Through this contact we are keen to investigate what life is like for student and working parents and consultation is also a regular feature with some parents volunteering to be part of this long term mission.
If you are a parent/carer and want to be more active in your community then please contact Discoverin’ Families on 01382 690950 or find us on Facebook.