Family affairs put in order

Around 40 participants attached to a local support group have successfully completed a parenting workshop.

The Family Affairs programme administered by Salesian Life Choices is a seven-week programme aimed at promoting family values, decision-making as a family, identifying children at risk, personalities, and understanding yourself and your children.

On Tuesday last week, 32 participants graduated from the course.

The participants were recruited through the Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse support groups who partnered with Life Choices to offer the workshop.

“We approached the network to assist in recruiting a group in Mitchell’s Plain. We have been working in the greater Klipfontein district for the past 12 years and partner with organisations and communities. We had one of the parents who had come through the course before approach us to ask if we would like to work with the network as well,” says Andrew Petersen, parent coach and Life Choices programme facilitator.

Parents in the programme also get access to therapists and a career counsellor.

“I went through a divorce recently and I am a single mother of two. So far I have completed the seven sessions, went to therapy and have seen a career counsellor who is helping me pursue my dreams of becoming a teacher, hopefully studying next year,” says Faatimah Abrahams.

Another participant, Colleen September, says that as a single parent she also learnt to be empowered and empower others.

“I needed to strengthen myself because I had unresolved issues. I am now a better person because I can understand my kids better and the next person as well,” says September.

Magdalene Josephs, who is part of the network, says it made a huge impact on her.

“I am a single mother to five daughters and I have learnt how to understand them better. I know what works for me and I know more about the various stages they are experiencing. I would recommend that people join this workshop,” says Josephs.

Vanessa Derby agrees, saying the sessions helped her sharpen her understanding as she learnt about parenting, understanding and making decisions.

Mareldea Sonday, operations manager for the network, says the offering was excellent.

“I have grandchildren and when I was raising kids it was a different era to how things are now. I can understand them now and how to do things now. We also learnt that we must set positive examples because children imitate us,” says Sonday.

“As lay counsellors and people working in the field, we felt it was important that the network also participate in the course so that we can take these lessons back to the community.”

The sessions ran every Tuesday at the Beaconvale Community Frailcare Centre where the network is housed.

The sessions temporarily replaced the weekly support groups which will now resume.

The participants were from the greater Mitchell’s Plain area, Hanover Park, Surrey Estate, Heideveld and Delft.

Life Choices is situated in Lansdowne.

V For more information on the sessions or if you would like to participate in the programme, visit www.lifechoices.co.za, call 021 696 4157/67 or email info@lifechoices.co.za.

Around 40 participants attached to a local support group have successfully completed a parenting workshop.

The Family Affairs programme administered by Salesian Life Choices is a seven-week programme aimed at promoting family values, decision-making as a family, identifying children at risk, personalities, and understanding yourself and your children.

On Tuesday last week, 32 participants graduated from the course.

The participants were recruited through the Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse support groups who had partnered with Life Choices to offer the workshop.

“We approached the network to assist in recruiting a group in Mitchell’s Plain. We have been working in the greater Klipfontein District for the past 12 years and partner with organisations and communities. We had one of the parents who had come through the course before approach us to ask if we would like to work with the network as well,” says Andrew Petersen, parent coach and Life Choices programme facilitator­.

Parents in the programme also get access to therapists and a career counsellor.

“I went through a divorce recently and I am a single mother of two. So far I have completed the seven sessions, went to therapy and have seen a career counsellor who is helping me pursue my dreams of becoming a teacher, hopefully studying next year,” says Faatimah Abrahams.

Another participant, Colleen September, says that as a single parent she also learnt to be empowered and empower others.

“I needed to strengthen myself because I had unresolved issues. I am now a better person because I can understand my kids better and the next person as well,” says September.

Magdalene Josephs, who is part of the network, says it made a huge impact on her.

“I am a single mother to five daughters and I have learnt how to understand them better. I know what works for me and I know more about the various stages they are experiencing. I would recommend that people join this workshop,” says Josephs.

Vanessa Derby agrees, saying the sessions helped her sharpen her understanding as she learnt about parenting, understanding and making decisions.

Mareldea Sonday, operations manager for the network, says the offering was excellent­.

“I have grandchildren and when I was raising kids it was a different era to how things are now. I can understand them now and how to do things now. We also learnt that we must set positive examples because children imitate us,” says Sonday.

“As lay counsellors and people working in the field, we felt it was important that the network also participate in the course so that we can take these lessons back to the community.”

The sessions ran every Tuesday at the Beaconvale Community Frailcare Centre where the network is housed.

The sessions temporarily replaced the weekly support groups which will now resume­.

The participants were from the greater Mitchell’s Plain area, Hanover Park, Surrey Estate, Heideveld and Delft.

Life Choices is situated in Lansdowne.

V For more information on the sessions or if you would like to participate in the programme, visit www.lifechoices.co.za, call 021 696 4157/67 or email info@lifechoices.co.za.

Around 40 participants attached to a local support group have successfully completed a parenting workshop.

The Family Affairs programme administered by Salesian Life Choices is a seven-week programme aimed at promoting family values, decision-making as a family, identifying children at risk, personalities, and understanding yourself and your children.

On Tuesday last week, 32 participants graduated from the course.

The participants were recruited through the Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse support groups who had partnered with Life Choices to offer the workshop.

“We approached the network to assist in recruiting a group in Mitchell’s Plain.

“ We have been working in the greater Klipfontein District for the past 12 years and partner with organisations and communities. We had one of the parents who had come through the course before approach us to ask if we would like to work with the network as well,” says Andrew Petersen, parent coach and Life Choices programme facilitator.

Parents in the programme also get access to therapists and a career counsellor.

“I went through a divorce recently and I am a single mother of two. So far I have completed the seven sessions, went to therapy and have seen a career counsellor who is helping me pursue my dreams of becoming a teacher, hopefully studying next year,” says Faatimah Abrahams.

Another participant, Colleen September, says that as a single parent she also learnt to be empowered and empower others.

“I needed to strengthen myself because I had unresolved issues. I am now a better person because I can understand my kids better and the next person as well,” says September.

Magdalene Josephs, who is part of the network, says it made a huge impact on her.

“I am a single mother to five daughters and I have learnt how to understand them better. I know what works for me and I know more about the various stages they are experiencing. I would recommend that people join this workshop,” says Josephs.

Vanessa Derby agrees, saying the sessions helped her sharpen her understanding as she learnt about parenting, understanding and making decisions.

Mareldea Sonday, operations manager for the network, says the offering was excellent.

“I have grandchildren and when I was raising kids it was a different era to how things are now.

“I can understand them now and how to do things now. We also learnt that we must set positive examples because children imitate us,” says Sonday.

“As lay counsellors and people working in the field, we felt it was important that the network also participate in the course so that we can take these lessons back to the community­.”

The sessions ran every Tuesday at the Beaconvale Community Frailcare Centre where the network is housed.

The sessions temporarily replaced the weekly support groups which will now resume­.

The participants were from the greater Mitchell’s Plain area, Hanover Park, Surrey Estate, Heideveld and Delft.

Life Choices is situated in Lansdowne.

V For more information on the sessions or if you would like to participate in the programme, visit www.lifechoices.co.za, call 021 696 4157/67 or email info@­lifechoices­.co.za.

Around 40 participants attached to a local support group have successfully completed a parenting workshop.

The Family Affairs programme administered by Salesian Life Choices is a seven-week programme aimed at promoting family values, decision-making as a family, identifying children at risk, personalities, and understanding yourself and your children.

On Tuesday last week, 32 participants graduated from the course.

The participants were recruited through the Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse support groups who had partnered with Life Choices to offer the workshop.

“We approached the network to assist in recruiting a group in Mitchell’s Plain. We have been working in the greater Klipfontein District for the past 12 years and partner with organisations and communities. We had one of the parents who had come through the course before approach us to ask if we would like to work with the network as well,” says Andrew Petersen, parent coach and Life Choices programme facilitator­.

Parents in the programme also get access to therapists and a career counsellor.

“I went through a divorce recently and I am a single mother of two. So far I have completed the seven sessions, went to therapy and have seen a career counsellor who is helping me pursue my dreams of becoming a teacher, hopefully studying next year,” says Faatimah Abrahams.

Another participant, Colleen September, says that as a single parent she also learnt to be empowered and empower others.

“I needed to strengthen myself because I had unresolved issues. I am now a better person because I can understand my kids better and the next person as well,” says September.

Magdalene Josephs, who is part of the network, says it made a huge impact on her.

“I am a single mother to five daughters and I have learnt how to understand them better. I know what works for me and I know more about the various stages they are experiencing. I would recommend that people join this workshop,” says Josephs.

Vanessa Derby agrees, saying the sessions helped her sharpen her understanding as she learnt about parenting, understanding and making decisions.

Mareldea Sonday, operations manager for the network, says the offering was excellent­.

“I have grandchildren and when I was raising kids it was a different era to how things are now. I can understand them now and how to do things now. We also learnt that we must set positive examples because children imitate us,” says Sonday.

“As lay counsellors and people working in the field, we felt it was important that the network also participate in the course so that we can take these lessons back to the community.”

The sessions ran every Tuesday at the Beaconvale Community Frailcare Centre where the network is housed.

The sessions temporarily replaced the weekly support groups which will now resume­.

The participants were from the greater Mitchell’s Plain area, Hanover Park, Surrey Estate, Heideveld and Delft.

Life Choices is situated in Lansdowne.

V For more information on the sessions or if you would like to participate in the programme, visit www.lifechoices.co.za, call 021 696 4157/67 or email info@lifechoices.co.za.