The Empower project recently held a Pamper session for mothers and grandparents in partnership with St Mary’s Primary Glenview, Maghera. An arts and crafts session was also held for kids to accommodate those who could not organise childcare.
Mothers and grandparents had the opportunity of a little bit of me time to treat themselves to a few treatments as well as a chit chat over a cup of tea and chat to other parents.
A spokesperson from the Empower Project said: “We would like to thank St Mary’s Primary for the use of their school to trial our pamper session. The event was a success parents were coming away from it enjoying their treatments and there chat with other parents. Many parents stated they didn’t get a chance to sit and chat to other parents so was great to have that chance. We would like to thank our therapists who helped out on the night the beauty students from the Northern Regional College, Margaret O’Hagan- reflexologist and Kathleen McWilliams Sole Touch.”
Kathleen McKenna a parent who attended added “Thank you so much for the pamper evening. I really could relax, chat to other parents and have a laugh. It really was a refreshing experience.”
Lisa McElhone a parent who attended continued: ”Totally enjoyed the treatments, therapists were lovely to chat with and loved chatting to the other ladies and listening to their stories.”
The Empower project is a 5 year Big lottery funded initiative to support young people under 12, with Autism, Dyslexia or Dyspraxia, their parents and the wider family circle.
The project works in partnership with local organisations to address needs that they identify to support parents and children in their local area. The project is led by Local community group (DADS) Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Support who are the lead partner, who are supported by a project steering group which incorporates: Northern Regional College, Magherafelt Learning Partnership, Mid Ulster District Council, CWSAN (Cookstown & Western Shores Area Network), Moving Forward Together (MFT), Stars - Autism support group, Education Authority, Magherafelt & Cookstown Volunteer Centre, CYPSP (Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership)