'I found the course extremely useful, I've loved every minute of it!'

'Enjoyed it. It was informative, helpful, insightful and motivating'.

“The course has made me realise that the community in which you live... it’s really important to be aware... I’ve never really felt part of my community. It’s going to be really good to work alongside like-minded people and to gradually be part of the change... that anything is possible.”

Me and My Community Course students

'Me and My Community' train the trainer course

Aims of the course

The aim of the training course is to enable practitioners to deliver a 10 session “Me and My Community” course in their own practice area.

Benefits of training to deliver the “Me and My Community” course: deep level community involvement such as peer support is integral to the Government’s vision of the Big Society, and helps embed sustainability into local interventions:

  • The “Me and My Community” course enables experienced parents to take a first step towards supporting other local parents in their local community
  • Simply advertising for volunteers doesn’t always work – particularly in less advantaged communities – and parents who have the right personal qualities for supporting another parent often don’t realise it at first.  Through the “Me and My Community” course they explore if and how they could contribute, building confidence, active listening and other key skills
  • Individual mentoring is built into the course, and the course can also be an informal pathway into the new  City & Guilds 3599 Award in Work with Parents.
  • On completion of the “Me and My Community” train the trainer course, your facilitators will have the skills and tools to deliver on-going training, building up a local resource in the community to support targets and aspirations

Background experience / values that participants will need

The “Me and My Community” course is delivered using a co-facilitation model, and caters for up to 12 participants. Facilitators will therefore be trained to deliver the course in pairs. It is important that the participants have the following background experience and values in order to deliver the course effectively:

  • A minimum of 3-years experience of supporting parents in local communities
  • A sound commitment to enabling parents to support other parents in their local community  using a community development model
  • Sound prior experience of working with families or individuals who have difficulties coping
  • Skills and ability to use an empowering approach
  • A deep appreciation of the value of the life experience brought by local people who want to make a contribution to their community (essential)
  • Group facilitating skills

Outline course content

  • Purpose of the “Me and My Community” course and how it is designed
  • The value of the “Me and My Community” course as a first step into volunteering
  • Exploring how delivering the course fits with your practice area
  • Recruiting members of your community onto the course (advertising and enrolment)
  • Course content and planning
  • Learning styles and key facilitation skills
  • Practicing delivering the key group exercises and activities
  • Offering informal mentoring to steer community volunteers in the right direction
  • Introduction to informal learning assessment skills: assessment criteria; assessment structure; giving constructive feedback; and using feedback proformas
  • Supporting community volunteers to learn reflection skills
  • Ongoing learning and volunteering pathways for participating community volunteers.

Length of the 'Me and My Community' train the trainer course

2 x 2-days, an additional 1-day training course on learning assessment skills, followed by an individual support session whilst participants are delivering their first course.

Accompanying 'Me and My Community' facilitator guide

Each participant will have a copy of a detailed course facilitator guide which will include; aims, content and outcomes for each session; facilitator notes; handouts and evaluation methods for each session; assessment criteria; briefing sheets; model answers and feedback proformas.


£5,540, excluding travel and subsistence. The course cost includes pre-course assessments, session planning tailored to local needs, 5 days of training delivered by 2 experienced trainers, a supervision session for each trainee, along with course materials and the facilitator guides to support on-going training delivery to your community.

If you would like to purchase this course please contact us or email info@parents1st.org.uk.