“I’ve been working in schools for over 28 years. I started as a volunteer in the school my children first went to by helping children with special needs and eventually went to work as a support assistant and mentor. I came to St. Peter’s a few years ago and I’m the Learning Mentor, responsible for supporting children and their families.
Flourishing Families started their first cookery club in our school. Since then our partnership has gone from strength to strength and mentoring groups for children, creators’ clubs and a literacy club for families have all been developed.
Mentoring for me is about breaking down barriers. They can include invisible barriers like confidence and self-esteem: things which are often hidden and don’t always get tackled. I have a case load of 81 children here, of which a large percentage are mentored as part of Flourishing Families. I refer them to specific activities based on need.
Flourishing Families is brilliant at engaging with difficult-to-reach families. The changes we’ve seen are often dramatic and this is a rare thing to see in very vulnerable families.”
Flourishing Families’ vision is to see children growing in confidence and fulfilling their potential, parents well supported and whole families equipped to connect well with each other and the community. With support from Leeds Community Foundation, they were able to set up parent-led cookery clubs in Bramley where parents and children of different racial heritage and background learn to cook food inspired by the cuisine of different local communities, learning about nutrition and healthy diet.