‘Supporting the information needs of families in Wiltshire’
What is a Parent Champion?
A Parent Champion is a volunteer who supports the information needs of parents and carers in their community.
The role of a Parent Champion is to share family information with families and to signpost families to services and organisations that may be able to support them with any information needs.
Are you interested in supporting the information needs of families in your community?
The Parent Champion Project is recruiting volunteers in community groups who are able to share information with families in their community. Over 40 Parent and Toddler Groups and Voluntary Organisations have already signed up to the project and we are looking for more members. Each group joining the project nominates a volunteer to become their Parent Champion who is then supported by the project.
Each Parent Champion is given an initial pack of family information and is then sent regular updates of information to share with their families.
The project aims to build up a network of volunteers across Wiltshire who are able to support families access information in their own communities
A range of information is provided including:
- Family information Services
- Family Finance
- Free Entitlement
- Early Education
Parent Champions and Parent and Toddler Groups
Parent and toddler groups are ideal places for sharing information with families. The project is aiming to recruit a Parent Champion in every parent and toddler group. Their role is to act as a nominated person to receive information from the project and to share the information with the families attending the group.
The information includes a folder of key contacts, a range of information leaflets and regular newsletters and information updates provided by the Project Coordinator.
We are looking for more parent and toddler groups to join the project, so if your group would like to join please get in touch. There is no cost to join the project.
Parent Champions and Voluntary Organisations
Many voluntary organisations already have volunteers working with and supporting families. The Parent Champion Project offers these volunteers the opportunity to add information giving to their existing role. The information provided by the project will enable volunteers to signpost families to organisations that are able to support family information needs.
The project provides the volunteers with a free training session and ongoing information and support.
If your organisation has volunteers who you feel might be interested in becoming Parent Champions or if you are a volunteer whose role gives you regular contact with families and you are interested in being able to provide them with information about family services please get in touch for more information.
Parent Champion Project Training Programme
The Parent Champion training programme can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual Parent Champion and includes information about:
- Family Information Services
- Childcare Information
- Free Entitlement
- Choosing a Primay School
- Family Finance
- Preparing for meetings
- Information giving skills and techniques
You will be also be offered training in information giving and provided with a pack of information giving details of key contacts that you can signpost parents and carers to for support and information. In addition you will:
- Be provided with information materials to pass onto parents and carers
- Receive ongoing support from the project co-ordinator
- Be provided with regular information updates to share with families in your community
Parent Champions and Schools
From September 2015 the project will be looking to work in partnership with Primary Schools who are interested in joining the project. If your school has a governor, PSA member or parent who would like to support the information needs of families at your school the project will provide free training, information and ongoing support.