Parent and Carer Support Workshops

Starting in September, The Matthew Project Under18 Service is holding a series of workshops for parents and carers of young people with alcohol or drugs misuse problems.

The aims of the workshops include giving practical information around drugs and alcohol, strategies for coping with challenging behaviour and ideas for more effective communication between parents and their children.

"We also hope to support participants in increasing their own self-awareness and resilience," said Mel Wheeler, Lead Worker with The Matthew Project Under18 Service, who has set up the workshops with Annie Green-Armytage, Counsellor. "This is the first time we have attempted to reach parents and carers of young people directly in a formalised setting, to offer support with what can be very challenging situations."

The team are planning to pilot the scheme in Norwich and then roll it out countywide and beyond in the future. Each course will be six sessions of two hours each. The workshops starting in mid-September will be held in the early evenings and those in October will run during the daytime.

For more information, please contact Mel Wheeler or Annie Green-Armytage, on 01603 216420 or,

Click to download our Parent and Carer Support Poster in pdf format.

  • A telephone helpline for everyone within Norfolk & Suffolk who need support or have questions on drugs and alcohol.
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  • Free, confidential help.
  • Honest, accurate and appropriate information.
  • Support for parents and families of drug or alcohol users.

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