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Family Support Workers help children build life skills

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Schoolchildren are benefiting from a new course run by Father Hudson's Family Support in Schools Service. The course teaches the youngsters how to build valuable life skills and deal with problems while having fun.

The Family Support Workers completed training in the Super Skills for Life programme in January 2016. Since then, Zena Wedgewood, Jackie Kelsall, Jill Beason and Sally Doran have held six courses in primary schools across the Archdiocese of Birmingham, with three more due to start.

Over a series of sessions, children learn skills that will help them build their self-esteem and confidence, reduce anxiety, cope with life changes and deal with stressful situations. The courses are a fun way of learning these essential skills and feedback from the children has been resoundingly positive.

By the end of the course, five children from one school had built up enough confidence they were able to stand up in front of a whole-school ‘achievement assembly’ and tell their peers what they had learnt. One said they learned “how to control anger and how to be more confident”, while another said, “going to these sessions has taught me what’s right and what’s wrong.”

/media/news/library/superskills.jpgOne child told their peers, “We have to be confident about ourselves and challenge our fears by trying things we’re scared of.” Another spoke of the positive impact the course had, saying, “I don’t get in trouble any more and I live a happy life.”

Many of the courses are aimed at year five and six children to boost their confidence, self-esteem and social skills before the transition to secondary school. The outcomes are being used to contribute to a research programme led by Roehampton University, examining the impact the course has on children who are experiencing anxiety problems.

Super Skills for Life is one of the holistic services offered to primary and secondary schools by the Family Support in Schools Service to help children, young people and families who are identified as needing support. Family Support Workers offer one-to-one and group sessions helping children and young people with anger management, self-esteem, keeping safe, transition and more. To find out more, visit the Family Support page, call Rita Nag on 01675 434041 or e-mail


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