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VITAL SERVICE: The Support Parents project has now opened its Books to Borrow service.
A PIONEERING project set up to steer parents through difficult times has launched a new library.
Supporting Parents in Greenock's east end, is opening its doors to families by introducing a new initiative Books to Borrow.
From their Bridgend Road base they hand-picked a selection of books that will help parents talk to their children about difficult issues like bereavement, relationships and health.
The project, set up by a local church, recently ran a hugely successful course on How to Drug Proof Your Children as well as holding drop-ins.
Project development worker Margaret McCarthy said: "These books are ideal for parents to use with their children. Parents can come along to our drop-in and look at the books, and over the summer holidays they can bring their children with them too."
Supporting Parents runs out of Open Doors, a community facility opened up by Greenock East End Parish.
The parenting project was set up after the church minister Rev David McCarthy and his congregation launched a consultation with others in the community.
A network of initiatives was launched to support families in the community who needed advice and somewhere to turn when experiencing difficulties. How to Drug Proof Your Children is a course which informs, as well as encouraging positive, parenting.
Since it was launched last year it has enjoyed growing success within the community.
From Open Doors the Supporting Parents also run a drop-in every Monday afternoon.
Books can be borrowed by parents, grandparents or carers, any Monday, from 1 to 3pm, except 3 September, from Parents Drop-in at Open Door, 80 Bridgend Road, Greenock
To find out more about Books to Borrow or other initiatives, contact Margaret McCarthy on 07554662472 or visit them at the weekly drop-in.
This article appeared in Greenock Telegraph 18 Jul 12