Personal Development and second chance learning.

Providing the skills our clients may need in order to progress and succeed in education, work and life.

Education is a lifelong and empowering process. Brighter Futures offers a range of programmes designed to equip parents/carers to access and re-engage in personal development and learning within the community.

By implementing a client-centred approach within a supportive learning environment, we prepare individuals for the next step in their journey. Clients work hard to achieve their goals, raise skill levels, increase self-esteem, improve their future life chances and positively influence subsequent generations.

For parents/carers with children of all ages.

The learning in this 7 week programme underpins the work carried out in the Growing Together groups and includes:

  • An introduction to the Whole-Brain Perspective in child development.
  • Information about the changing nature of a child’s behaviour.
  • Information about communication and play development.
  • An understanding of emotions and self-awareness in childhood and parenting.
  • An understanding of self-compassion and self-care in childhood and parenting.

For parents/carers

The Functional Skills course provides skills, knowledge and understanding that you may need in order to progress and succeed in education, work and life.

The Functional Skills qualifications supports the development of practical skills in English, Maths and ICT, and is designed to help learners gain the most out of work, education and everyday life.

There's a strong focus on explanation and problem-solving, with a choice of paper assessment or on-screen, on-demand assessment.

The course runs at Brighter Futures on a Wednesday and is facilitated by Fiona Cassels-Brown from Highlands College.

From birth to 6 months.

This course focuses on supporting parents/carers to provide nurturing parenting to babies including: physical, tactile, verbal and visual stimulation, ideas to help cope with crying babies, safety proofing one’s house, and understanding the developmental needs of babies.

For parents/carers with children from two to six years(strategies can be adapted for younger or older children)

This course focuses on supporting parents to develop strategies to build positive relationships with their baby by focussing on:

  • Child directed play and strengthening social and emotional skills
  • Using praise and incentives to encourage cooperative behaviours
  • Household rules, routines and effective limit setting
  • Strategies and support around behaviour

For parents/carers with children from two to six years(strategies can be adapted for younger or older children).

Dads, partners and male family members.

‘DAD'S ONLY GROUP on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm and focuses on supporting parents to develop strategies to build positive relationships with their baby by focussing on:

  • Child directed play and strengthening social and emotional skills
  • Using praise and incentives to encourage cooperative behaviours
  • Household rules, routines and effective limit setting
  • Strategies and support around behaviour

For parents/carers with children from zero to ten years. Also available in Portuguese.

The focus of this parenting programme is relationships. It looks at ways of strengthening a parents/carer’s abilities to observe and improve their care giving capacity. Video is used throughout to illustrate examples of different interactions and the principles central to Circle of Security parenting.

For parents/carers with children of any age

This looks at the parent/carer’s strengths, skills and resources, enabling people to look at the difficulties and challenges they face in their own lives. Individual and group activities and discussions encourage you to focus on the choices you have made and the goals you set in order to make changes in your life. Various tasks encourage self reflection and evaluation which can help build self-esteem and self confidence.

This course is further developed with Making Changes.

For parents/carers with children of any age

Following on from Wants and Wishes, this focuses on building one’s self-esteem and self confidence and provides an opportunity for second chance learning. It’s broken down into different blocks of sessions featuring various elements including effective thinking skills, self-reflection and mindfulness which can help lead on to further training and qualifications or preparation for employment or returning to work.

For parents/carers with children of any age.

The Drama group is a yearlong project with sessions led by Daniel Austin, Director of the Jersey Art Centre. It is a very therapeutic and empowering group where clients share their day-to-day stories. This is done in a private and confidential setting using conscious streams of writing, to create a script which clients learn, with a plan to perform at the Jersey Art Centre. A great group to work on your anxieties, build confidence and make friendships.

Creche spaces are available.

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