Our Latest News

Heather- newly trained facilitator in Solihull

4 August 2022

“Training to facilitate this course has not only given me the skills and tools to help others, but has also helped me. Learning about the CLANGERS has helped with my own wellbeing and I look forward to helping others.”



Meet Afreen

28 July 2022

Afreen has recently completed the Healthy Parent Carers Programme run by Seema and Khilna in Enfield. “It’s a really helpful and motivating programme”



Life changing

22 July 2022

Mark from Bedford has just finished the Healthy Parent Carer Programme. He comments: “Try this course it might just change your life and the way you look at it”



A Commissioner’s Perspective

13 July 2022

Chris Morris, Manager for the SEND Programme at Bedford Borough Council commissioned Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum to train facilitators and deliver the Healthy Parent Programme to local parent carers. Chris is a great advocate of the benefits of HPC,…



New facilitators complete their training

12 July 2022

A new cohort of  8 Healthy Parent Carers Facilitators completed their training last Thursday. Denise from Shropshire commented, “I have learnt so much about myself and how important it is to look after myself, it has made me determined to…



Spreading the word across the North

29 June 2022

Last week the HPC team presented the programme to a group of charity workers and NHS staff from across the north of England. It was great to hear from the Bedford team as they shared their experiences of running the…



Mens Health Week 2022

14 June 2022

Most of our Healthy Parent Carers participants are mums, but we’re keen to get more dads on board.  Gurdeep, a dad from Manchester benefitted from the programme and is now involved in our Family Faculty. “I’m now more active, doing…



Meet Kevin our new trainer

1 June 2022

We’re delighted that Kevin Burchell has joined the Healthy Parent Carers programme as a facilitator trainer alongside Bel McDonald. Kevin is experienced in training and facilitating groups; he’s involved in other medical research projects and he is a parent carer….



Nikki recentres

19 May 2022

  “This is a brilliant programme, it offers a space for parent carers to be the people beyond the parent and not only parent/ parent carers. It gave me a chance to relocate myself and remember what makes me happy,…



Donkey love

12 May 2022

Many thanks to Brenda for sending us this beautiful picture of her daughter. It illustrates several of our CLANGERS: Connect (with a donkey :)) Be Active, Relax.



Charlotte shares

5 May 2022

The HPC programme in Bedford has just finished. One of the participants, Charlotte, comments: “This course challenges you to put YOUR health and well-being front and centre. Give it a go it will definitely make you feel better!. Who doesn’t…



Easter Update

7 April 2022

More facilitators, more participants Having just trained 5 new pairs of Lead and Assistant Facilitators in the autumn, there are now 5 more Healthy Parent Carer programmes being run in different parts of the country ranging from Exmouth to Teesside….



‘Take Notice’ brings moments of joy

24 February 2022

A participant on the HPC programme commented in the recent session on ‘Take Notice’, “Oh I had forgotten about the small things and the moment my child laughs that gives me joy.”



British Association of Childhood Disability HPC feature

15 February 2022

The BACD February newsletter featured an article about Healthy Parent Carers. Read the full article below:



Building my ‘bounce-back ability’

10 February 2022

Parent carer Kate Evans-Jones finds practising the CLANGERS “gives me the tools to build my resilience, my bounce-back ability” You can listen to Kate’s story here.



HPC participants making small changes

8 February 2022

More feedback from one of the HPC programmes currently running. “A member of the group has applied to become a volunteer to make more connections following session 3. Connect”



“It really is relevant for parent carers”

3 February 2022

Tova is glowing about the HPC programme that she is currently participating in, run by the Bedford Parent Carer Forum. “It’s infinitely more relevant than other courses I’ve been on” “It’s extremely interactive. It’s all about us and our circumstances”…



British Academy of Childhood Disability Newsletter- HPC feature

1 February 2022

BACD NEWS



High demand from parent carers to join HPC programmes

6 January 2022

HPC programmes starting this month in Enfield, Bedford and Teesside are already oversubscribed with parent carers very keen to take part. Five programmes are starting in January and February run by newly trained facilitators in Exmouth, Enfield, Teeside and two…



Gurdeep’s experience of the HPC programme

6 December 2021

“I’m now more active, doing more for myself, accessing support, learnt tools which I have used to help my child, changed eating habits for my family.” Gurdeep S, HPC participant



The last CLANGER- Sleep

3 December 2021

Many parent carers struggle with sleep, but we all know it’s so important. Here are some of the ideas our Family Faculty came up with to help us sleep better.



The next CLANGER: Relax

3 December 2021

Taking time to relax can seem like a unnecessary luxury for parent carers, but it’s essential for health and wellbeing.



Sarah, parent carer

2 December 2021

“The clangers are now stuck in my head and in moments of stress etc. I stop and think about how I can help myself.” Sarah, HPC programme participant Autumn 2021 For all our CLANGERS click here



How Covid has affected parent carers- Karen’s experience

2 December 2021

“Getting through the last 18 months has been one of the biggest challenges our family has ever had to face. Just when we thought life with a severely disabled child who is medically complex, couldn’t get any more challenging, the…



Participants’ experiences of the programme

2 December 2021

Parent carers who have participated in the programme tell how it’s helped them. “The Healthy Parent Carer Programme is about focussing on yourself, starting to give yourself time back..”



Facilitators’ experiences of running the programme

2 December 2021

Facilitators of the HPC programme share their experiences of running it.



Eat Well

1 December 2021

Our next CLANGER encourages us to look after our wellbeing by eating healthily.



Plain Language Summary of HPC feasibility study published

11 November 2021

Here’s our plain language summary. Thanks to the parent carers who reviewed and refined it for us. We always appreciate your input. Here are some quotes from the paper: “It was really good. I came in not expecting much, to…



Give- to others and yourself

9 November 2021

It’s not just about physical gifts, but giving our time by listening to someone, giving compliments or reassurance. Also taking time to give to ourselves.



Healthy Parent Carers National Rollout plans

8 November 2021

The Healthy Parent Carers programme has been so highly praised by participants, that word is spreading of its benefits. We are currently training programme facilitators from Bedford, Enfield, Exmouth and Newcastle so that the programme can be run in those…



Time to take NOTICE

2 November 2021

A simple way to improve our wellbeing is to notice things around us, something beautiful, the present moment.



Give us an …. ‘A’

21 October 2021

On the Healthy Parent Carer Programme we learn how Being ACTIVE is important for our health and wellbeing, and we identify ways to incorporate physical activity into everyday life.



The next CLANGER… Keep LEARNING

18 October 2021

Learning new skills helps our sense of well-being. Our parent carers came up with lots of ideas of ways we can keep learning. Some of the benefits are illustrated here.



CLANGERs images- CONNECT

11 October 2021

In consultation with our Family Faculty, we commissioned a series of graphics to illustrate the ‘CLANGERS’ – the founding principles of the Healthy Parent Carers Programme. The first CLANGER is CONNECT. Illustrated below are some of the ways we can…



HPC Team have another paper published

31 August 2021

Headed up by Jenny LLoyd and Gretchen Bjornstad, the BMJ Open have published more research on Healthy Parent Carers. This study examined the views and experiences of participants in the HPC feasibility trial so the programme could be refined to…



Research Paper Published- Congratulations Gretchen!

27 July 2021

Gretchen has had her Healthy Parent Carers paper published. You can read the full paper here.



Gretchen presents at Public Health England conference

6 May 2021

Healthy Parent Carer researcher, Gretchen Bjornstad, has been invited to present the project at the Public Health Research and Science Conference in May 2021. Her paper is ‘Healthy Parent Carers: a randomised controlled feasibility trial of a peer-led, group-based programme…



How healthy parent carers helped Kate

24 March 2021

Hear how using the CLANGERS made such a difference for Kate. “CLANGERS gave me the tools to build my resilience, my bounce-back ability” “Parent carers need resilience in bucket loads” Kate’s story  



Why Healthy Parent Carers is needed

30 June 2020

In this film, parent carers talk about why the Healthy Parent Carers programme is needed.



Facilitating the programme – new film

26 June 2020

In this film, two of the facilitators of the Healthy Parent Carers programme share their experiences.



Healthy Parent Carers film

2 December 2019

We are very pleased to share this new film, which features reflections from some of the participants in the Healthy Parent Carers project.



Healthy Parent Carers feasibility trial protocol published

25 November 2019

The protocol for the Healthy Parent Carers trial has been published in the journal Pilot and Feasibility Studies. It is available open access which means everyone can read the full text. A research protocol is a full description of the…



Programme delivery completed

11 July 2019

We have completed delivery of all six of the Healthy Parent Carers groups for this project! Our online resources are still available on this website for our participants to access until the end of the study next year. If you…



Project update

28 May 2019

This is the excerpt (Works!)



Welcome

25 June 2018

Welcome to the Healthy Parent Carers project! We are excited to start the study and we are looking forward to meeting all of the parent carers who are interesting in participating!