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From 2005 to 2007 ten Community Parent Programmes operating across the UK participated in a national research study: 'A Collective Evaluation of Community Parent Programmes'. The participating programmes identified a need for a national organisation to carry out a number of functions which are summarised below. Parents 1st social enterprise was set-up to take this agenda forward.
Programme coordinators meet at different venues across the country on a regular basis to share experiences, support each other and overcome isolated practice.
The aim of the network is to:
- Be a national advocate and strategic ‘voice’ for the Community Parent model
- Publicise and raise awareness of the value of Community Parent Programmes (CPPs)
- Promote ways of enabling local programmes to be sustainable
- Enable CPP coordinators, volunteers and employees to support and learn from each other
- Respond to the needs of local CPPs and promote their autonomy
- Provide learning networks and explore solutions to common difficulties
- Overcome isolated practice
- Identify best practice and develop the quality standards / core model
- Develop and disseminate a joint evaluation / research strategy
- Provide a national accreditation centre to enable volunteers to gain a national qualification
- Develop training programmes and a transferable joint accreditation package
- Support national conferences, courses and workshops for CPPs and stakeholders
- Develop resources and publications across CPPs
- Disseminate resources and publications to benefit all CPPs
- Provide training courses, workshops and consultancy to support the development of new CPPs
- Support the development of national partnership projects.