Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire


Parenting Peer Supporter

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Parenting Peer Supporter

Be rewarded and have new experiences, by co-delivering a Parenting Course

The Volunteer Role

Parenting Peers Supporters are parents or individuals with parenting experience (e.g. relatives, guardians and care-givers) who are interested sharing their knowledge and experience with others.

Following the successful completion of our 10 week training course, you will assist our Parent Support Workers with the delivery of a wide range of parenting courses. Tasks include setting up and clearing away after each session, contributing to the planning of sessions and supporting the delivery of course content.

For more information about Parents 1st, please visit www.parents1st.org.uk

Skills Required

  • A welcoming, friendly and approachable manner
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Confidence to deliver in front of a small group
  • The ability to be flexible and work as part of a team
  • An understanding of confidentiality

Frequency/ commitment of the role

Parenting courses generally run for a set number of weeks during school term times on weekdays. Course lengths and time may vary

Training

Prior to starting this role, you will be required to complete our 10 week Parents 1st training course (10 x weekly sessions) alongside our other volunteer training and recruitment processes. This will cover areas including boundaries, having difficult conversations and communication skills.

Development

Parenting Peer Support Volunteers may be interested in further training and development including the Solihull approach and Facilitators skills.

Other details

Before becoming a volunteer, you will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS check (if you do not already have one in place which is registered on the DBS Update Service website). You can expect to receive regular support and supervision when carrying out your volunteer role including a comprehensive induction before you start.

Our Vision

Action For Children Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire 

We place children, young people and families first, delivering safe high quality services that empower and enable children, young people and families to achieve their full potential.

We play an important role in supporting local families in South Worcestershire with children aged 0-19. By providing training, advice and guidance the local Action For Children Starting Well team empower families to 'nip things in the bud' early and this limits the risk of escalation. The service places an emphasis on a holistic ‘whole family’ approach that will result in long term, sustainable change.

Our work includes: Children Centre services, positive parenting courses, adult learning, support within schools and communities to engage young people with their education and work journey, and advice and guidance to young people who are not in education.

What Volunteers Say...

I was directed to Action for Children by a colleague on my course and after an initial meeting and attending the volunteer training session, with the Senior Volunteer Co-ordinator, I obtained a placement at the Buttercup Centre. The recruitment process was really simple and the support received from my supervisors and others at the centre is fantastic. If there is anything I am unsure of or the parents are looking for guidance, I know who to ask and where to signpost them.

Annabel