Program success

GROUP: Corey Slade, Gareth Dudley, Donna Carr, Desmond Haynes and James Freeman after completing the 'Seasons for Healing' program.
GROUP: Corey Slade, Gareth Dudley, Donna Carr, Desmond Haynes and James Freeman after completing the 'Seasons for Healing' program.

Men’s education workshops are the latest feature of Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS) in Port Lincoln.

A group recently completed the ‘Circle of Security – Parenting’ education, designed to help parents and carers become more aware of their children’s needs and work out if their responses were meeting those needs.

To follow up, AFSS community safety and wellbeing facilitator Corey Slade will be hosting free educational workshops for the Aboriginal community later this month, focusing on men from throughout the region, including the West Coast.

Mr Slade said participants from the December course came to realise that among other things, their parenting styles had mainly mirrored the way they had been parented.

“Everyone in the group was thankful to learn that it’s never too late to build secure attachment with their children,” he said.

“Pride in their commitment has buoyed this group of men to also successfully complete a second program in as many months called Seasons for Healing, an awareness and education program that can help you to manage grief and loss.”

The program has been specially adapted by AFSS, in consultation with Good Grief Ltd and the Healing Foundation to use natural weather patterns to better understand healing through grief, loss or life changes.

The workshop is open to men from throughout Eyre Peninsula.

He said the tight knit group really understood the value of the education and were proving it by all committing to redoing the parenting training again for another eight weeks.

Mr Slade said anybody was welcome to come forward and share their story and knowledge in a supportive and safe space where they could experience growth to enable action.

Contact Corey Slade on 8683 1909 for further workshop information.