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Health Minister Robin Swann Officially Opens The Parent Rooms Wellbeing Hub

Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline NUJ

The Parent Rooms, a mental health support charity for parents in Northern Ireland were delighted to welcome Minister for Health Robin Swann to officially open their new wellbeing hub in north Belfast.

The hub which is based in North City Business Centre is a community space where parents can seek support for their mental health. Parents can avail of counselling, peer support, wellbeing programs, and activities they can do with their children, or with other adults. The space also offers opportunities for parents to meet others, build social connections, and seek advice and support.

Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline NUJ: Michelle Bradley, Chief Executive of The Parent Rooms, holds the ribbon for Health Minister, Robin Swann, MLA, to cut help by Brenda Artt, Community Foundation NI.

The new hub was funded by Mental Health Support Fund delivered by the Department of Health through the Community Foundation NI.

Michelle Bradley, CEO of The Parent Rooms said:

“The Parent Rooms has been providing mental health support to parents for many years and it has been a dream come true to see this community space come to fruition. Throughout the pandemic, we have provided support for over 500  parents from all over Northern Ireland who seek to find ways to improve their wellbeing.

This hub will be an extension of that support as we create a space where parents can feel completely at ease, where they can seek advice, learn new skills, and build strong social connections with others. We want to say a huge thank you to the Department of Health and Community Foundation NI for awarding us this vital funding that will allow us to do so much more for parents.

We believe that strong, happy families start with resilient and happy parents which is why we put the parents at the centre of everything we do. At a time when mental health concerns are becoming ever more common, we hope to be a beacon of light for those who are struggling and a safe place for parents to learn skills and tools to take control over their own wellbeing. We put the power back into the hands of parents so that they can live full and healthy lives.

Minister Swann said:

“The Parent Rooms provides vital mental and emotional support for families across Northern Ireland, and as Health Minister I fully recognise the vital role that our charities have played in supporting the mental health of our population, particularly during the pandemic and that is why I established the Mental Health Support Fund earlier this year.

“It has been a privilege to visit the new Wellbeing Hub today and see first-hand the beneficial impact that the fund is having. This new Hub provides not only a safe space for parents but also provides access to counselling, peer support and wellbeing programs for those who need it.

“I also want to put on record my sincere thanks to The Parent Rooms and all the charities in the sector who are making such a meaningful difference to people’s lives.”

Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline NUJ: Health Minister, Robin Swann, MLA, congratulates the staff and volunteers of The Parent Rooms for getting the office and facilities open so quickly.

Brenda Artt from Community Foundation NI said:

The Community Foundation Northern Ireland are delighted to support The Parent Rooms through the Mental Health Support fund, established by the Department of Health. The parent Rooms are one of 30 projects who received a share of the  £8.8 million of funding awarded in September. This much needed funding will enable the charity to expand its peer support network to parents across NI struggling with their mental health and provide wrap-around support services to parents that need practical support to improve their overall mental health and wellbeing. In particular, the new Belfast hub will ensure parents get the right support, at the right time and place.

The Parent Rooms Wellbeing Hub will be open Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 4.30am with programs, classes and more happening each week. You can find out more about what’s on by visiting the website: www.theparentrooms.co.uk

If you are a parent in need of advice or support, you can request a callback from our Parent Support Coordinator by filling in the referral form here: www.theparentrooms.co.uk/register

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