Ummeed had been exploring the idea of engaging families beyond care for our children. The hope was to create a space where families could come together to support each other in their journeys. Last year, we took a step towards this hope and set up the Walk-in Family Support Group.
This space made it possible for families to hear stories and perspectives of others, share learnings and resources and also hear children speak about their experiences on topics such as Transitioning to Adulthood, Navigating School Systems and the Influence of Leisure on Children and Parents. From this also emerged a WhatsApp group for families to share information and remain connected beyond the group meetings.
We celebrated the one-year completion of the group in December 2018 by revisiting the hopes that families had envisioned for this group and whether they were met. We also discussed the hopes that parents have for this group for the future.