the parent talks
Fegans’ parent talks are a series of local events designed to support and inform parents of both primary and secondary school children. Speakers include our fully qualified counsellors and parent support workers as well as specialist guest speakers from outside organisations.
During each parent talk there will be an introduction to Fegans, talks from professionals, and a question and answer session at the end. Refreshments will be provided, and a follow up email will be sent to all in attendence with relevant content and helpful links and articles. To book a place at an event please use the forms below.
all talks take place at St John’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, from 7.30pm – 9pm
THE CONFIDENT CHILD
Wednesday 14th March
As adults we understand the importance of gaining confidence in life. Having confidence in ourselves and our abilities has a positive effect on education, career and relationships, and our childhood years are integral to how we develop this throughout our lives. This talk will give a clear understanding of how to develop confidence in your child, outline the benefits, and give practical tips on what you can do at home to gift your child with the power of self-confidence.
YOUR CHILD ONLINE
Wednesday 9th May
As a mental health charity Fegans has been increasingly concerned about the negative impact of online influences on the mental health of the next generation, and our research shows this as a clear concern of parents too. In this talk we will explore the positives and negatives of your child online. We will also offer clear practical tips and takeaways on how you can manage and support your child online, ensuring they are safe, protected, and happy.
AFTER THE SPLIT
Wednesday 23rd May
Family breakdown is an issue Fegans deals with on a day to day basis. When a family unit breaks down it impacts every member, and and Fegans aims to help parents focus on putting their children’s needs first to ensure a calm transition period into a new family dynamic. Working closely with counsellors and parent support workers we have prepared a talk that will help separating or divorced couples with a clear plan on how they can successfully co-parent.
Cathy Hampson has been qualified to counsel and BACP member since 2012, and also has management experience of thirty years. Cathy has an EMBA from the London Business School, is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, is a Fellow of the Institute of Operational Risk and also teaches. Cathy lives with her husband just over the Kent/East Sussex border and has three grown-up children. Cathy has been involved with Fegans since 2012 and knows what amazing changes have been made to children’s, parents’ and families’ lives through its support.
Sarah Ingram has been involved in Family Support for the past 10 years, running a project in Greenwich. She has been working for Fegans for the past two years as a Family Support worker, and as West Kent Area Manager from January. Sarah has a masters in Youth and Community Work and Applied Anthropology and really enjoys supporting parents and putting her faith into action by working for a Christian organisation. “I love being out in the community and meeting people from all walks of life, and am really excited about the developing work of Fegans”.