Aims and objectives
Parents Communities Together project
Peer support is life changing for parents, families and communities. This is a partnership between L&Q Housing, Parents 1st, Creative Homes & Therapy4Healing developing a Community Parents hub in Lewisham.
The parents who receive the peer support; and
The volunteers who provide the peer support.
The difference we make
Mothers and fathers build their confidence, feel supported, prepare for changes ahead, and feel less stressed;
Improved wellbeing of parents means healthier pregnancies, less complicated births and healthier babies;
Parents get to know what services are available to them and volunteers help them to benefit from them;
Volunteers gain satisfaction from ‘giving’ to their community. They make new friends, improve their confidence, develop new skills and gain pathways to employment.
Parents 1st, Creative Homes and Therapy4Healing have come together in partnership with L & Q Housing to respond to their recent research with (primarily) parents of primary school aged children.
This falls in line with L&Q’s values, the Community Foundation’s priorities and its vision that “no-one should be denied the opportunity to achieve their full potential because of where they live”.
Key issues parents are raising include: no respite; isolation (particularly at weekends); wanting the best for their children; employment important but multiple challenges (back to work); access to childcare is key and they have shared that they particularly need help with navigating services available to them. The parents particularly liked the idea of a peer group network to: reduce isolation; help them to build their own social networks and to share experiences.
We are looking at ways to support families here in Lewisham. We are at the very beginning of this journey and welcome you to join us to help us decide on the way ahead, who else needs to be involved and what we need to do to make it happen!
We need to know more about
Needs of the local population.
Other services currently available – this programme could add to, build on existing services, and make sure it doesn’t duplicate.
Existing parent groups we can come and do activities in to help raise awareness
Practical considerations of what could be achieved to April 2019 and further collaborations with stakeholders, such as joint ventures; match funding from there