Instead of just walking without paying attention, open your eyes to the needs you see along the way.
A group of parishioners at The Annunciation Church, Chesterfield, have decided to help support the parents and carers of children with additional needs.
St Angela Parent/Carer Support Group was an idea that came from a parent who was facing the tough challenge of raising a child on the Autistic Spectrum. She realised that there were other parents too within our Catholic community and beyond who would benefit from reaching out to one another and offering much needed parent to parent support.
The meetings take place once a month during term time at The Annunciation parish centre, Chesterfield, and there you will find a friendly, warm and welcoming group who are willing to listen to each other non- judgementally, share ideas, concerns and together celebrate the achievements of their children.
There is laughter, tears, hugs, lots of tea and coffee and plenty of homemade cake and biscuits. The group always finish with a quiet reflection, candles are lit and we gather round a prayer table to be mindful of the journey we are on. It is really powerful to feel strengthened by our faith as a group and gives us courage and a sense of peace to carry on with the challenges ahead.
Convention in June
We decided to find out if there are any other families in the Dioceses who meet up regularly – hence this article.
We are hoping to hold a Convention in June 2017 at Chesterfield, and we will be inviting enlightened speakers and all interested parents or carers to come along.