CFF celebrated it's 30th anniversary in 2020. As part of our celebrations we asked David Neville, a founder and current board director, to reflect back on why our core values and programme design remain relevant.
The Centre for Fun and Families started running group work programmes in 1990 in the rural area of South Leicestershire. The original group work programme had the following characteristics: they were run predominantly in rural areas and the participants were mainly white. There was only one group work programme referred to as a “Fun and Families Group”, catering mainly for parents of children aged under 10 years of age.
In the last 30 years many quite dramatic changes have taken place, partly due to parental choice and partly due to major changes in society generally. These changes have included:-
With all these changes it would be easy to assume that CFF would become irrelevant to communities that had such diverse needs and had such easy and free access to information about parenting and behaviour. However, 30 years on CFF is still relevant today for a number of reasons:
David went on to pen this wonderful poem which features in our Annual Report for 2019-20.
Keep Finding the Fun!
Some thirty years ago, some people had a thought
That parents could find solutions, instead of being taught
to deal with child behaviours that drove them to despair
and made them feel like failures, which really wasn’t fair.
The Centre worked out a method for parents to meet in a group.
To use the strengths of each other, to see if it would bear fruit.
The results were truly amazing, family life became pleasure not pain,
and that nagging feeling of failure wouldn’t raise it’s head again.
The Centre for Fun and Families was born with this idea in mind,
That parents are the “experts” on their children and solutions they can find.
Since it’s start in 1990 other groups needed to evolve
plus books, videos and manuals to help parents to problem solve.
The help given to families and the hard work they have done
will help them look into the future and continue finding the fun.