My Child And I, a Barbadian-based charity working to help families and youth throughout the Caribbean, is proving that parents need guidance too. The advice came by way of the successful culmination of its regional Free Parenting Workshop series, held at Hilton Barbados.
With a target-breaking 100 parents enrolled in the workshop, the session asserted local demand for parenting education/support. Previous workshops were also held in Dominica and Grenada.
Sol, a major sponsor of the event and a leading Caribbean energy company, was happy to affirm its support of the charity’s work during the launch of the final workshop in Barbados. Speaking to the audience of parents, teachers, caregivers and other workshop participants, Karen Bishop-McClean, sales executive of Sol Barbados, reminded the audience of the fundamental value of strong families and nurturing environments to youth development.
“Research has shown that what is even more important is ensuring that parents, guardians and teachers are aware of their role –– our role –– as influencers in the lives and dreams of young people,” said Bishop-McClean.
“We at Sol remain committed to the development of young people across the region. As such, we are pleased to be partnering with My Child and I to produce these Free Parenting Workshops, especially this month as we recognize Child Month.”
Although the workshop initially aimed to target 90 parents, the overwhelming response to the programme resulted in a final 100 participants. Some of the topics at the workshop included Visioncasting For Your Family and Dare To Dream.
Each segment offered parents culturally specific, practical parenting resources, and aimed to offer a more holistic outlook on parenting, as well as support better child-rearing in a dynamic, increasingly global world.
The team of experienced experts involved in the regional workshops included Reverend Haynesley Griffith, executive counsellor, Family Heartbeat Network International; Marcia Graham, director, PAREDOS; Derek Ward, counsellor, Serenity Empowerment; and Ian Blanchard, executive/life coach, ActionCoach.
Featured speaker at the event, Ian Blanchard, noted that parents should recognize their children are a “responsibility”, and encouraged parents to “have the courage to do the right thing for you and your children”. Coordinator of My Child And I, Francine Charles, was especially delighted with the success of the Free Parenting Workshop, and reiterated her appreciation of Sol’s support to provide these “much needed” parenting resources to regional communities.
“My Child And I truly thanks Sol for their tangible support for this initiative,” said Charles. “We really hope that they will continue to partner with us to ensure that we can host many more parenting workshops as we identify specific needs among parents. We look forward to working together towards helping parents provide the best environment for their children; the benefits will redound to both the quality of life and the future of our economies in Barbados and the region.”
The Caribbean-owned company is currently celebrating ten years of servicing individuals, families, businesses and government organizations throughout the region.
The Sol Group is a leading petroleum company, operating in 23 countries across the Eastern Caribbean, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Bahamas, Cayman, Belize Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
For more information, visit www.solpetroleum.com.