Would you like to help your local community by becoming a Parent Champion Network Volunteer?
The Parent Champion Network Volunteer project aims to better support parents through Parent Champions acting as a friendly face, sharing life experience, and advocating on parents’ and childrens’ behalf.
Experiences in life equip us with wisdom that can help us to help others if we share it sensitively and sensibly.
Supporting other parents can be as simple as just listening, understanding the issues and pointing the parent to the appropriate source of support that can best help them.
Being a parent and a full enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are the primary requirement for this role.
We ask our volunteers to give a minimum of two hours a month, or more if they can, to the project. Volunteers will be provided with the relevant training and details of the various sources of support available to families in Kingston and Richmond.
Some of the topics a Parent Champion Network volunteer will learn about, be able to help with and signpost the parents to the relevant department/organisation are:
Support where a child or young person is engaging in, or experiencing:
- School attendance difficulties/poor attendance
- Poor or irregular sleep
- Refusing to go to school
- Crime and/or antisocial behaviour
- Exclusion from school
- Substance misuse, such as drugs and/or alcohol
- Self harm
- Emotional health difficulties
Parenting support with:
- Managing challenging behaviour at home and putting boundaries in place
- Understanding how to address the topic of sexual health and social relationships with their child
- Better understanding of the importance of nutrition, rest and school/social life balance
- Understanding online safety
- Where to obtain financial support such as benefits, debt, housing, employment, consumer issues, immigration, and of course the cost of living crisis
Should you wish to be a part of this exciting and rewarding project, or indeed if you yourself need support with some of the issues mentioned above, please contact:
Parent Champion Network Coordinator
Phone: 07761 448 348
SEND Parent Champions
Families with a child or young person with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) can obtain further information and help from a different specifically dedicated team. This initiative is part of a national scheme that helps thousands of families and provides full training in the same way as the Parent Champion Network.
For further details please visit: SEND Parent Champions