A PARENTING project in Torridge has been given a kick start by Devon County Council. A grant of \u00A31,750 has been provided by local Devon county councillors Hugo Barton, Len Ford and Humphrey Temperley. The funding will help deliver two projects: an Incredible Years Parenting Programme; and a Home-Start Preparation Course for training new volunteers.The Incredible Years Parenting Programme will help strengthen family ties and bonds by involving parents in the understanding of child development. It will emphasise the importance of play and the benefit of encouragement and reward which, in turn, will help towards building better relationships.The voluntary programme will consist of a closed group of a dozen families who have at least one child aged between 3 and 8, and ideally involves both partners and any other main carer, in the weekly two-hourly sessions. The programme will run over 12 weeks and use a variety of methods to strengthen parent competencies, strategies and skills and promote parental involvement in their children's learning. The course aims to increase positive parenting together with a reduction in physical discipline, leading to closer and more secure family units.County councillor for Bideford East, Cllr Hugo Barton, said: "Both programmes are important tools for Home Start to be able to deliver invaluable support to local families, and I'm pleased to be able to offer it my support in this way."Home Start Torridge treasurer Terry Crisp said: "This joint funding has provided another opportunity for Home-Start Torridge to participate in a multi agency delivery programme for the benefit of the local community of Bideford.