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Editorial comment: Don't waste parenting expertise

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:23 27 June 2018

The Parenting Pathways project is threatened with closure. Pic: Sycamore Trust

The Parenting Pathways project is threatened with closure. Pic: Sycamore Trust

Sycamore Trust

Becoming a parent can be an overwhelming experience for many people.

And those who are the most vulnerable in society, or have little or no extended family network to call on for support, struggle the most.

Add to that a parent who has learning difficulties and you can see the immense turmoil some parents find themselves in at a time when they should be embracing the joy of having a child.

It’s why projects like Parenting Pathways offer vital support for those most in need.

But this project faces closure due to lack of funding.

Welcome to austerity Britain and a government that on one hand pleads poverty while on the other finds up to £1b to prop up their government with help from the Democratic Unionist Party and billions more for the anticipated Brexit divorce bill with the EU.

Cllr Worby is not wrong when she defends the council’s decision not to help fund the project saying “these decisions are always difficult.” At the end of the day they have to be made. It’s simply not possible for local authorities to fund schemes when other funding streams like the National Lottery are exhausted.

But whatever happens in the coming months regarding the Parenting Pathways project it is clear there are some committed and experienced people capable of supporting those in society with acute parenting needs.

Maybe their expertise can dovetail in with other parenting programmes in the borough as I’m sure their demand will increase.

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