It has been a busy and fruitful few months for our new Breaktrue initiative. Programme facilitator, Alix Magowan-Wilton shares how things have progressed since Breaktrue was launched in September.

“From the outset of the project we have seen God’s hand firmly for us and He has been opening so many unexpected doors and creating connections that we never dreamed of.
In September I was invited to Edenderry Primary School to speak to the Primary One induction parents. During the session, I gave parents tips on achieving and maintaining routine, helping with homeworks and dealing with the big transition from nursery school to primary school. It was also a great opportunity to promote the Parenting Programme that Breaktrue would be delivering in the school during the autumn term.

In October, BreakTrue was invited to Lurgan College for two sessions to deliver two sessions  of A21’s Schools Awareness programme to sixth formers. These were very enjoyable and rewarding sessions and I’ve been invited back to the school in the New Year to deliver more Breaktrue programmes.
I was also invited to the Youth Justice Agency’s family connections event, where I had the opportunity to speak to a group of parents whose young people who are taking high risks or who have been involved in crime.  This was a huge blessing and a wonderful link for Breaktrue.

In November, Breaktrue successfully ran three week Parenting programmes with groups from Edenderry Primary School and two in our own premises at Grace Generation. A total of thirty-five parents attended across the three groups and all three were wonderfully collaborative and well received.  Special thanks to the staff at Edenderry Primary who looked after us so well and very supportive of our work.

December saw the end of the parenting programmes and opportunities arose to make further connections in the wider community and statutory organisations. We have the pleasure of collaborating with Surestart in Banbridge, the local Council and also the Education Authority Planning Group , which concentrates on targeting areas of need within our town.

We have also had the pleasure of drawing alongside and mentoring people in various areas of need that Breaktrue target.

God has been incredibly faithful to us and his kindness has overwhelmed us.

We have bookings in the diary for three local secondary schools in the New Year and have plans to deliver more parenting workshops and develop our mentorship programmes. A special thank you to all the Breaktrue volunteers, we are blessed to have you on board.

Thank you for all your support and prayers in the past year, please continue to pray for the work of BreakTrue and if you would like to support the project on any way please get in touch.”