I am one of the Co-ordinators of Community Mums (Scotland). Our organisation is the first Community Mothers Project in Scotland. Through Celia Suppiah’s support and guidance, we have been able to establish a pilot project in our area. Celia has encouraged and supported us and allowed our organisation to fully benefit from their well-established and developed materials, training packages and expertise. Celia has also arranged for our organisation to attend workshops and events which have been invaluable in assisting us in furthering our programme.

Pauline Johnston
Community Mums (Scotland)

Introductory training

It is crucial to prepare Community Parents properly before they start offering outreach and home visiting in their local communities. They will be supporting parents who are isolated, have difficulties coping (such as depression), child behaviour issues, or have complex needs including domestic violence. They need to embark on their peer support role confidently and safely and be able to assist parents to easily access professional support if required.

Our unique introductory training package has been developed and tested by Community Parent Programmes across the country over several years and follows on from the 'Me and My Community' course.

The volunteers are registered for the City & Guild 3599 Award in Work with Parents and start completing their learning portfolios. Weekly half day sessions are normally delivered over a 3 month period.

Critical areas of learning include:

  • Principles and values that underpin the peer support role (meeting the National Occupational Standards for Work with Parents)
  • Developing effective and trusting peer support relationships
  • Role boundaries and ground rules (including lone working, health and safety)
  • Community networking, advocacy and signposting skills
  • Active listening skills 
  • Skills to enable parents to identify their own strengths and needs and assisting them to achieve self-identified goals 
  • Using the Parents 1st programme materials and semi-structured approach
  • A range of health and wellbeing issues (relating to the age-group supported) e.g. emotional wellbeing, healthy eating, exercise, immunisation, breastfeeding, giving up smoking. This includes issues relating to vulnerable adults, child safeguarding and domestic violence
  • Couple and family relationship issues
  • Key topic areas relating to parenting and baby / child development
  • Recognising risks, feeling supported and the importance of reflection
  • Participatory evaluation

For those wishing to find out more about the Community Parent accredited training package we offer flexible Implementation Workshops.