Helen Atkinson works with a variety or organisations across York to deliver our parenting courses, including the City of York Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York Family Mediation Service, and a variety of children's centres, nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and churches.

We run a range of accredited and evidence based Positive Parenting 'Time Out for Parents' courses devised by Care for the Family. These courses divide into the specific age groups of Early Years, Primary Years and Teenage Years, and also include more specialised courses such as Time Out from Anger and Time Out for Parents, Children with Additional Needs. We work with the York Family Mediation Service to deliver courses for parents who live separately from their co-parents, called Separated Parenting.

We train volunteer facilitators across York who are licensed by Care for the Family and work with us to deliver the courses. Find out more...


Our courses for couples provide tool kits and skills for couples to develop and build firm foundations for a lasting relationship – before marriage, at the birth of a first child and beyond. Topics include effective communication, resolving conflict and forgiveness. The material is flexible and can be adapted to be delivered in a single day long session during the weekend, or in shorter 2 hour sessions, delivered in an evening over several consecutive weeks.

Again we work with a variety of organisations to deliver our courses, primarily churches but also other organisations who also see the value in our work, both within York and in its surrounding areas.


Our support for couples in crisis provides much more personal and direct support by one couple to another. Working together over 4 sessions, our couples in crisis facilitators will sensitively, and in confidence, mentor an individual couple through the difficult period they are experiencing in their relationship. Find out more...