We are providing parenting support to any parent/carer of a child(ren) aged 0-18 years living in Wrexham County. Parents/carers can self refer. We offer information, one to one support and group support to any parent/carer who would like advice or to talk through any difficulties they are facing.

Our referral system starts with a referral form that has been designed to gather as much information as possible to help us allocate work most effectively.

Once a request for parenting support is made, the referrer/family will be informed that the request has been received and is awaiting allocation. Allocation takes place every two weeks after which the family and referrer will be informed about what support will be put in place. If a family is placed on a waiting list, we will inform the referrer or family if it is a self-referral. For further information, please contact the Parenting Team on 01978 352249.

Please note, we have moved offices and we are now based at Dean Road Family Centre, Dean Road, Rhosnesni, LL13 9EF.

We are able to provide support to services who would like the Parenting Team to deliver a parenting course or to be involved with setting up a support group/programme specifically for the parents/carers who access their service. We can also provide consultation to services that would like to increase their contact/relationship with parents/carers. Please give us a ring to discuss further on 01978 352249.

A volunteer scheme has been set up which will enable volunteers to work within the Parenting Team. If you know of any parents/carers who you are involved with who would be interested in this opportunity, please ask them to contact us on 01978 352249. For further information, please contact parenting team on

The parenting team also work alongside Flying Start and Youth Justice Service (YJS) to provide parenting support. We co-deliver on the following programmes for the families accessing these services:-

·  Incredible Years

·  Solihull Group Programme; Understanding your child’s behaviour

·  Family Links Nurturing Programme

·  Challenging Years

For further information about the programmes mentioned above, please get in touch with the Parenting Team.


Family Links Nurturing Programme

We have run the Family Links programme as part of a training programme for the Foster Carers which was successful and we will be running this as part of their training programme in the future.

Following the success of the Family Links programme that was delivered with parents in September, we are at the planning stage to put together a parent led support group for parents who have accessed the Family Links Nurturing programme (at the request of parents who attended the Family Links programme).

A Family Links programme will be delivered with parents who have a generic Health Visitor at Grove Road Clinic in January. We will also be running this programme in Ysgol Bodhyfryd from January.

Partnership Working

We have formed links with Communities First to start a ADHDAutism group which will be trialled in the new year. Our partnership working with schools continues after the completion of Incredible Years at Ysgol Maes-y-Mynydd.

Please contact the Parenting Team for further information about all of the developments taking place or to discuss any new developments that you would like to explore!


Other parenting support provision includes:-

The Freedom Programme


The Freedom Programme is a domestic violence programme which was created by Pat Craven and evolved from her work with perpetrators of domestic violence. The Programme was primarily designed for women as victims of domestic violence, since research shows that in the vast majority of cases of serious abuse are male on female.

What’s in the course?

The Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess. The Freedom Programme also describes in detail how children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and very importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed.

The course will be running on the following dates:-

Friday 16th January 09:30-11:00 – Friday 24th April 9.30am-11am (excluding the half-term and Easter holidays).

For further information, please contact Natalie North on 352249.

Caia Park and Hightown Support for parents

All groups are open access to families living in Caia Park and Hightown, the criteria is the family must have at least one child under the age of 8. Planning for the sessions is parent led depending on the needs of the families we are working with to ensure we are delivering a service pertinent to their needs. Families can self-refer or be introduced by other agencies and can attend as many groups as they need. Groups run throughout the year with a shutdown at Christmas time.

The following groups run in Caia and Hightown:-

Monday - 9-11.30 - Gwenfro House - Drop In

Tuesday - 9.30-11.30 - Wrexham Library - Story and Rhyme

Wednesday - 9-11.30 – Gwenfro Community House – activity/course/speaker

Wednesday - 1-2.30 Hightown Resource Centre - Story and Rhyme

Thursday - 9-11.30 - Gwenfro School Hut – activity/speaker/course

Friday - Gwenfro Community House - 9-11.30 – activity/course/speaker

Friday - Gwenfro School Hut – 9-11.30 – Coffee morning

Friday - Hightown Community Resource Centre - 12-2.30 – activity/course/speaker

We try and deliver 2 Freedom Programmes per year depending on need and availability of a venue and funding.

SAP group for adults

A person's health and wellbeing is crucial for afulfilling happy life, a SAP programme for adults has been run and the feedback after the course is:-

"I feel calmer, at ease, relieved and happier. I know I am not alone"

"Definitely recommend this to others. It is an exhilarating experience"

"I am refreshed, happier and have a better understanding of how to forgive self and others"

"I felt supported and listened to the whole time, no one judged me and accepted me for who I am”.

The programme has now extended to the wider community, Hightown and Caia Park area. Referral can be self referred, or any other professional working with families.

Tuesday evenings 6 - 7.30, venue to be arranged.

Contact Nia Lloyd or Lisa Jones at Ysgol Bodhyfryd on 01978 351168.

Internet Safety and Drug and Alcohol awareness programmes are being run in the New Year, dates and times to be confirmed.

These will be run by PC Kim Jones. Again open to Caia and Hightown areas.

For further information please contact Mandy Warner on 01978351168.

BLODEUO Family learning group Friday's at9:30 (following golden assembly) Ysgol Min y Ddol,PlasKynaston Lane,Cefn Mawr, WrexhamLL143PA

What’s Offered?

Supportive family learning group in association with Key connections and Communities first. Offering activities to promote learning and may also include the children.


Parents, carersorfamily members associated with the care of a child atYsgol Min-y Ddol.

Please contact r contact the school on 01978 820903 for more information.

Drug Proof Your Kids - 6 week programme to help steer children away from the harmful use of drugs


Research clearly shows that the most influential way to steer children and young people away from harmful alcohol and drug use is by giving them a healthy family environment; where parents and their children have deep and loving relationships, with lots of meaningful communication.

What’s in the course?

We give a realistic overview of drug use in society and the harm it can do to people and families. The sessions will help you strengthen your influence in areas such as emotional wellbeing and helpful ways of communicating. It will show you useful ways on how to respond to difficult issues such as alcohol use.

The sessions will help you strengthen your influence in areas such as emotional wellbeing and helpful ways of communicating. It will show you useful ways on how to respond to difficult issues such as alcohol use.

·  Session 1 – Parenting through prevention

·  Session 2 – Building a strong foundation

·  Session 3 – Creating integrity and responsibility

·  Session 4 – Communication and participation

·  Session 5 – Creating a safe network and peace of mind

·  Session 6 – Recognition and affirmation

Course dates to be confirmed (a programme is planned to start in the new year).

For more info contact Lucy Easton @ in2change 01978 295629.


Programme / Dates (weekly sessions) / Time / Venue
Challenging Years / 15th January – 12th February / 9.30am – 11.30am / Yr Wain?, Chirk
SFP Strengthening Families Programme / 27th January – 17th March / 4.30pm - 7pm / St Josephs Catholic School
Willow Programme / 5th February – 19th March / 12.30pm - 2.30pm / Women’s Aid (TBC)
Willow Programme / 5th February – 19th March / 5.30pm -7.30pm / Dean Road
Butterflies Programme / TBC / TBC / TBC
Family Links Programme / 12th January – 23rd March / 9.30am-11.30am / FULLY BOOKED


Strengthening Families Programme - for families with a child aged 10 -14 years - a 7 week programme which enables the discovering and building strength and resilience in families. We are taking referrals for the next programme

Challenging Years – 4 week programme for parents of children aged 8-14 years which focuses on the needs and feelings of the parents and carers (as well as of those of the young people) and how these impact on the way they mange their child’s transition from childhood to adolescence. It promotes an empathetic, positive and authoritative approach that most recent evidence suggests is the best way of guiding young people through the difficult periods of being a teenager.

Butterflies Women’s Group - aimed to provide a safe and positive environment where women can explore the impact that Domestic Abuse has on them and their families. The programme unpicks how domestic abuse can impact on the mother/child relationship, roles that children assume or have imposed upon them, anger and conflict resolution, risk behaviours and looks at introducing new coping strategies and behaviours that can assist in making the recovery pathway more sustainable.

Family Links Nurturing Programme – 10 week programme for parents/carers of 0-18 year old children. The Nurturing Programme helps deal with challenging and stressful times that parents can face to encourage a calmer, happier family life.

It is a tried and tested programme, helping parents to think about what they do, why they do it and how it makes them feel. The programme is based on four building blocks; self awareness/self-esteem, empathy, appropriate expectations and positive discipline.

Triple P Sessions (Positive Parenting Programme) – 3 week sessions for parents/carers of 2-12 year olds. Parents/carers can come to 1 or all 3 sessions. The content of the sessions includes; positive parenting strategies, raising confident & competent children and raising resilient children.

Willow programme – 5 week programme which has been designed to help parents recognise triggers, improve communication with their children, devise keep safe plans and gain some strategies to deal with children’s violent behaviour. We are taking referrals for the next programme.

Willow Young Persons programme – We are currently piloting a Willow young persons programme which is running alongside a Willow parent programme. The first programme that run before the summer holidays was very successful and we are repeating this programme in November. We are taking referrals for the next programme.

Solihull Approach Group Programme; Understanding your child’s behaviour – 10 week programme for parents/carers of 0-18 year old children. The programme is based on understanding child development and the development of a positive relationship which supports sensitive parenting strategies. The group focuses on sensitivity and parent-child relationships with the aim to improve responsiveness. It also helps parents to relate to their child/children.


Polish Parents Group - a weekly parent support group for Polish parents and carers, run by Polish parenting workers, particularly supporting newly arrived families. This support group runs every Tuesday in Hightown Community Centre from 9.30 till 11.30 am.

Friday Club – a weekly support group for parents and carers of young people or children with traits or a diagnosis of ADHD or ASD. This group runs on Fridays in Victoria youth centre from 10 till 12 noon.

Willow Support Group – a weekly support group for parents/carers who are experiencing violence or abuse from young people or children in their family.

Parents/carers will need to have been on the Willow 5 week programme to access this group. This support group is parent led.

Parent Network – we have a database of parents emails through which we inform them about any events, participation opportunities or any other relevant information. Professionals are welcome to email us any information they would like to forward to parents. We now also have a Facebook page for parents:


All support is free and available to any parent who wants it within the Wrexham area. For more information, to request support or to volunteer with our team, please contact the Parenting Team on 01978 352249, or or visit our web page on http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/council/social_services/parenting/index.htm

Useful publication

Please note that the Welsh Government have released a useful document about engaging parents with support. This document aims to assist local authorities, Local Health Boards, Third Sector and other relevant commissioners, managers and practitioners in making decisions about:-

·  the type(s) of parenting support to provide;

·  how to provide it;

·  approaches to supporting and engaging parents;

·  workforce development;

·  assessment processes, signposting and referral;

·  evaluation and monitoring.

The link to this document is outlined below:-


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