Available in Southwark.
Parent Champions are parents who volunteer for a few hours a week, to talk with other parents within the community or institution of which they are a member, e.g. their church, their mosque, or their estate. As a parent and a member of the community, they are trusted and can chat more informally with other parents than outsiders sometimes can. As a friendly face in the community, they can help to identify those families who might need extra support, and make sure they are encouraged to access services and the support they need.
How does it work?
The Parent Champion has three main responsibilities:
- To identify all pregnant women or mums with children aged 0-2 inside their institution, and to meet and greet them to let them know that they are available to listen and provide basic advice and support.
- To identify those mums who might benefit from additional support, and if appropriate refer them into other relevant services. These could include:
Services run by PACT (MumSpace, Parent University, Baby Bank)
Statutory services (Children’s Centres, free childcare providers, domestic violence services)
Other sources of support available locally, e.g. for parents without recourse to public funds, due to immigration status.
- To be a champion for the support of parents within their institution, for example by running information sessions about services available locally, or by running events to start a conversation about how their institution could work to support families in the community.
The current PACT Parent Champion Network is made up of:
St Peter's Walworth
Aylesbury Everywoman's Centre
Surrey Square Primary School
1st Place Children's Centre
Barakah Educational and Cultural Association (BECA Masjid)
Comber Grove Primary School
East Street Baptist Church
D'eynsfordEstate Tenant Management Organisation (Camberwell)
Brandon Baptist Church
For more information, please contact Kate Traynor on 07766307409 or at Kate.Traynor@citizensuk.org