Exposure to drugs and alcohol is a major worry faced by parents. “Drugs” is a word that can cause fear, confusion and denial.
“How to Drugs Proof Your Kids” is a community-based programme developed by national charity Care for the family and supported by Aberdeenshire Council’s Community, Learning & Development teams.
The six-session programme is aimed at the parents of children aged between 8 and 14 years old. It gives parents the information they need to encourage their children to take a responsible attitude towards drugs, including cigarettes and alcohol, and helps them steer their children away from harmful use.
A taster session was held at the town’s Mackie Academy on 24 April. Organisers are looking to set a date for a full six-session programme later in the year and want to hear from parents who would be keen to take part.
Anne Adams and Patricia MacEachern are two of nearly 400 facilitators from across the UK who have been trained by Care for the Family to run the course in their local communities.
The pair have run seven courses over the past two-and-a-half years, and have recently finished running a course in Stonehaven, attended by 14 parents, where feedback was very positive.
Katrin Lewis, who attended the course, said: “Absolutely great course. Very well and efficiently run, informative yet informal.
“It affirms lots of positive aspects of parenting, but really changes the way you think about parenting and communication.”
If you would be interested in finding out more about this course or attending a future course, please phone Suzanne on 01569 762688.