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)

Implementation Workshops

Parents 1st offers a range of 3-hour introductory workshops for organisations interested in setting up a Community Parent Programme in their local area. Each 3-hour workshop provides an overview of a key aspect of programme delivery identifying what’s involved and how it works in practice. The workshops can be adapted to suit local requirements.


Examples of topic areas covered:

  • Programme ethos: underpinning principles, fit with policy, research and evidence based practice
  • Feasibility issues: integrated and complementary working, programme running costs and sustainability
  • The role of the programme coordinator: responsibilities; competencies; and why the role is pivotal to a successful programme
  • Using semi-structured approaches: underpinning evidence base; and using the programme materials to provide focus, purpose and goal setting
  • Recruiting Community Parents: promotion and publicity; informal access routes; selection processes and what works best for retaining experienced volunteers
  • Overview of the Community Parent City & Guild accredited training programme
  • Enabling parents to access the support of a Community Parent: balancing universal access with targeted support; evidence of ‘what works’ from the Collective Evaluation of Community Parent Programmes
  • Policies, procedures, boundaries, ground rules and managing risk
  • Process and outcome participatory evaluation as an integral part of programme delivery

For further information please contact us