The Power of Volunteering Conference 2017

Presentations of the keynote speakers

Workshop A morning

Workshop B Morning

Workshop A Afternoon slides

Workshop B Afternoon slides

Workshop C Afternoon slides

Key messages from Afternoon Workshop A


This one-day event provided some unique insights into the  contribution of volunteering and what works when designing, commissioning and implementing early prevention to achieve outcomes for babies, parents and communities.

At the event participants learnt about:

Why perinatal volunteering is a good investment
Evidence: how it reduces pressure on public services
Delivering best value volunteering: how high quality implementation is crucial
How to embed volunteering alongside the ‘system’
Pioneering perinatal volunteer programmes already leading this approach shared the challenges; achievements and lessons learnt with others
How to increase the involvement of fathers



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Evidence Review

Parents 1st, in partnership with the Institute of Voluntary Action Research, has carried out an Evidence Review about Volunteering, Peer Support and Community Champions for BIG Lottery. The review aims to inform the development of volunteering programmes by the 5 A Better Start sites:

There is also an accompanying framework to the Evidence review that goes with it:

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Parents 1st Community Parent Programme External Evaluation Report

Parents 1st and their affiliate partner deliver an asset based peer support initiative focused on early prevention during the key life transition of pregnancy, birth and post birth. This is achieved through working with volunteers, building relationships and working collaboratively with the organisations and the communities it works in. This gives it a set of specific evidence needs.

This report brings together the learning from the support that was provided to Parents 1st as part of the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund to scale up and evidence its model.

To read the full report, please click on the link:   Parents 1st Community Parent Programme External Evaluation Report – March 2016

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