About Us

TUG Training was founded by Nicky Xandora who has considerable experience of working as a parent educator and as a trainer of parenting support professionals. She is closely involved with the Take 3 Parenting Programme, and has particular expertise in early intervention and work with troubled families.


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Nicky has been working with parents in a supportive capacity for over 20 years.

She notes: “Having gained a degree in Psychology, and studied child development, I was shocked at how angry and upset I could become with my own children. I was offered a general access parenting course, although I felt wary about this, I found the course welcoming, non-judgmental and extremely helpful”.

She then trained to lead this course, and went on to deliver support in a number of primary schools. She was then invited to train the Take 3 Programme, and became the coordinator and supervisor for practitioners using it on a one-to-one basis. Alongside this, she ran Take 3 groups, and worked for the Youth Offending Service as Parenting Officer in Oxfordshire.

Nicky then worked in Early Intervention, in tandem with her training role at TUG, where she took the lead in parenting and family support, many of whom were under Child Protection or Child In Need with Children’s Social Care. The Take 3 parenting programme is particularly beneficial to this cohort of parents, whilst still being valuable to self-referred or less complex -need parents.

She now works as a CBT Therapist alongside  providing training, and  values participants’ experiences in helping parents to make changes. Life can be challenging and stressful for professionals who work with parents who may be highly resistant to change – particularly those who have been ordered to engage in  parenting support. Nicky fully recognises this, having direct experience of the same challenges herself, and so her training sessions are carefully attuned to provide an engaging and stimulating training environment, where participation and experience are highly valued.

Nicky holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Oxford University and also a Certificate in Supervision from Brighton University, both of which augment and support the  staff supervision she delivers. She is passionate that staff are fully supported to offer the best quality of provision for service users.

Contact Nicky :


Tel. 07427 639127



About Naomi :

Naomi has joined TUG in an administrative capacity, although she has significant specialist knowledge in the arena of parenting. Primarily as a parent herself, Naomi has also worked in education and has a specialist interest in autism .

She is presently completing her dissertation for Oxford Brookes University as part of her Bsc Honours degree in Psychology, whilst working part time.

Please contact Naomi for any information regarding upcoming training , equipment, bookings or staff requirements:











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