A lasting legacy

AN axed council parenting service will leave a lasting legacy through books and DVDs.

Northumberland County Council is closing the parenting initiatives service next month, but local libraries will be given 50 parenting skills books and two Triple P Parenting DVDs.

The original collection was destroyed in the Morpeth flood in 2008 as it awaited distribution in the town’s Gas House Lane library.

Now the books have been replaced and will be available at several libraries, including Ponteland.

Parenting Commissioner Lynne Maughan said: “It has been wonderful to be involved in getting these resources into our libraries.

“The original books we would have had available were destroyed when Morpeth Library was flooded in 2008 and I am pleased to have these materials available.

“I feel that we are able to leave a legacy that will help all parents and children in Northumberland for some time to come.”

She added: “Parents have informed us that they are looking forward to viewing the books.”

The collection has been funded by Extended Services with Parenting Initiatives and the Library Service.

Council Executive Member for Children and Young People Lesley Rickerby said: “There are times in all families when things don’t go to plan and the new resources will provide information on how you can take control to improve your relationship with your child in a self-help manual and through visual representation.”