Parent Champions are parent volunteers who give a few hours a week to talk to other parents from the affected communities about the local services available to them. By sharing their own experiences of using a local service for their children, Parent Champions can build trust with other parents, put to ease any worries parents may have and encourage parents to make the best of the help available to them and their children. The Parent Champions programme is based on the idea that parents are the best people to support other parents.
Parent Champions are supported by a local authority, children’s centre, school or local community organisation.
Some Parent Champions fit in their volunteering alongside work or study. Others haven’t worked for a while and want to gain experience.
Some Parent Champions have previously come from a professional background and are taking a career break or are interested in a career in childcare. Anyone with experience of being a parent can be a Parent Champion.