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Parent nurture groups

Improve your emotional wellbeing, with nurture groups for parents and carers of  children and young people with additional needs.


Murmuration Community Therapy are offering  group counselling courses for parents and carers of children with additional needs in the south-west, to nurture emotional wellbeing.

Using compassion-focused approaches led by a qualified therapist, the eight-week course will help you stay emotionally well. It’s an intimate circle where you can connect with others on a similar path and find belonging, support and space to process your emotions.

After the course has finished, the nurture group will be supported to continue meeting if they would like to.

What will the nurture groups be like?

The themes covered may include:

  • Reflecting on the story of you and your child so far

  • Exploring the unique gifts that our children bring to this world

  • The wellbeing practices we can embed in our lives

  • Identifying our coping mechanisms and checking that they truly serve us

  • Learning how to relate to our emotions with self-compassion

  • Finding out which of our relationships help and which hinder

  • Reflecting on the role of ableism in our society

  • Working out ways to nurture your mental health after the course has finished


Before you start the programme, you’ll have a one-to-one call with a facilitator to talk about the sessions and find out if they are right for you.

Who’s it for?

These sessions are for parents and carers of children with additional needs, and living in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and BANES. Your child or young person doesn't need a diagnosis for you to join the group. If you are neurodivergent yourself, please let them know - they would like to work with you to make sure the session is fully inclusive for everyone.

Who is providing the sessions?

The sessions are provided by Murmuration Community Therapy, a Bristol-based community interest company which provides a combination of group therapy and community development to support and nourish. The sessions are run by experienced arts therapist, Naomi Bonger, and community development worker Poppy Villierezz, who is also a parent of a child with additional needs.

Is there a cost?

Murmuration is supported by funding from the National Lottery. Sessions are free but Murmuration asks for a donation from participants, however small.

How to find out more and sign up

Please follow this link  to the Murmuration Community Therapy website to find out about the different groups on offer and to register your interest, and the Murmuration team will get in touch with you. 

Who do I contact with questions about the course?

Please contact Poppy or Naomi at

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