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)

Ongoing training

The Parents 1st ongoing accredited training programme reinforces and further clarifies the Community Parent values and principles. Enabling peer support and joint discussion drawing on visiting experiences is a key part of the learning process. Monthly group training aims to complement their accumulating volunteering experience and includes: role boundaries and safe practice; active listening skills; family diversity and relationship issues; family health and wellbeing; a range of parenting topics;  signposting; community networking and enabling parents to access a range of local services. Additional training sessions are also delivered in response to specific local needs.

Ongoing guidance and reassurance from a skilled and experienced coordinator is critical to enabling Community Parents to gain confidence to carry out their role effectively. Easy access to support and guidance is crucial for allaying worries and concerns and for identifying whether further support from a professional is needed.

Regular supervision sessions enable Community Parents to reflect on the quality of support they are providing to local parents and to explore different approaches to situations arising during home visits.
Periodic accompanied home visits enable the development of enabling and supporting skills and the effective use of the semi-structured home visiting materials. These activities also provide ideal opportunities for gathering evidence of learning for their City and Guilds 3599 Award in Work with Parents.

Personal development support is also vital. Employment goals often relate to gaining work experience, working towards a future career, or moving directly into employment with the programme itself. Some Community Parents use their experience to facilitate a change to a career more suited to their family commitments.

Contact us for further information about delivering your own accredited Community Parent training, including 'Me and My Communuity' train the trainer courses and 'Me and My Community' facilitator guides.