More parents turning to PAREDOS
THE REASONS are not yet clear, but more parents are utilising the services of PAREDOS (Parent Education for Development in Barbados) and its food bank.
As a result, said Director Marcia Graham, officials at the non-profit organisation now have to look at the data and the numbers to figure out why.
Graham made the revelation in the wake of a graduation ceremony for a number of parents from PAREDOS’ Parenting Class, which was sponsored by the Maria Holder Memorial Trust, and held at the Speightstown Resource Centre, St Peter, today.
“We are collecting the data as we go along each week, that will give us an indication as to why they are coming, but certainly the numbers have increased,” she said, adding she could not give any figures.
“We’re compiling it and then we’ll be able to look to see, whether in terms of gender, there are more men or women coming; the ages of the children that they have, whether they are adolescent children or younger children. So as people come, we’re adding the numbers together and then we’ll be able to say this is what is happening with PAREDOS,” the director explained.
In addition, said Graham, more parents were using the organisation’s food bank.
“We’re getting situations where persons are utilising that facility because they really are in need. We don’t just give hand outs. We do investigations first and people really are in need,” she stressed, adding where there are cases of child neglect, those matters would be referred to the Child Care Board.
Graham stressed that parenting classes, such as the one from which 18 people graduated, were important because they helped to build communities and situations where parents supported each other.
The graduates were drawn from the northern parishes and Graham said it was the first of three. The others will bring together parents from the central parishes and then the southern part of the island.
Meanwhile, Dorcas Scantlebury, who delivered the address to parents, advised them to love and be loved; to forgive and be forgiven; to serve and be served and to develop the ability to know and be known.
Students Allison Rollock and Patricia Cumberbatch delivered a review of the classes, while student Pheona DePeiza rendered a poem.