Community Parenting Programme
The Community Parenting Programme (CPP) supports families with young children, from birth to age 5, through Family Support Volunteers.
Family support volunteers
Family support volunteers offer information and support to families in the community or in their homes. The aim of volunteers is to increase the confidence of parents and help them to find the information they need on issues that affect their family, so parents can be confident in the decisions they make for their families.
Who are we looking for?
We want people with different skills and life experiences - you'll be fully trained before you start to volunteer so you don't need to be an expert.
You'll work directly with parents and children so you'll also need:
- a friendly personality
- to be a good listener and be able to communicate well
- to be willing to keep up to date with public health information and guidance
What will you be doing?
There are a number of ways that volunteers support families. You could be:
- Welcoming parents in clinics and groups alongside professionals
- Talking to families about the services available to support families
- Attending groups or activities with families
- Supporting families in their home, helping parents to put new skills into practice
What commitment do you need to give?
We recognise that building a positive relationship with families and helping them make changes takes time, so we ask that all volunteers are available for at least half a day per week for a minimum of six months.
What's in it for you?
Volunteers play an important role in helping families across County Durham and it's just as rewarding for you too. As a volunteer you will:
- Receive bespoke training completing level 1 award in personal development
- Get the feel good factor from being part of changing people's lives
- Develop your skills, knowledge and CV by working alongside professionals
- Meet new people and make new friends
Interested in becoming a family support volunteer? Contact us to find out more and apply.