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Parents of children with additional support needs often say they learn more from other parents than they do from health care professionals.

Mums and dads can become isolated, starved of vital information or services that could help make their child’s life more tolerable.

Now, the Teddy Bear Foundation has agreed to provide the £1500 funding for a Parents Event in Stirling later this year.

Run by the charity ENABLE Scotland, it will allow parents to share information, experiences and contact details so that they can realise they are not on their own, after all.

They will also be able to join ENABLE Scotland’s Young Families Support Network for on-going support and information.

Advice will be provided by experts on the transition to adulthood, employment possibilities for young people with additional support needs and strategies for dealing with challenging behaviour.

But parents are in line for a bit of pampering as well.  Free beauty therapy or massage sessions will be offered, allowing harassed parents to unwind and de-stress a little.

There will be childcare facilities available and refreshments will be offered.  The day is entirely free to parents.

Linda Noble, Enable Scotland’s development officer for children and young people said:”We are delighted the Teddy Bear Foundation has agreed to fund our Parents Event.

“It was so much easier than efforts we have made in the past – other funders make us go through hoops to get the money.

“At previous events, comments from parents have been really positive.

“They usually ask ‘why were we not told before that all this information was available?’

“Parents may choose to swap phone numbers, allowing them to build up an informal network of people who can help.”

Our funding will help parents cope better.

A bit of pampering for parents.