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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Community Development Nurse

SEPT is working with Pre-school Learning Alliance, A Better Start and Parents 1st to develop an exciting Community Parent Programme in Southend. Parents 1st is an award winning social enterprise that enables parents to give their babies the best possible start in life. Becoming a parent is a major life transition when people are faced with challenges in their lives.

Summary – 30 hrs per week / Agenda for Change Band 6

The Community Development Nurse will be responsible for developing and managing a volunteer programme in the Southend ‘A Better Start’ area.

Carefully recruited and trained Volunteers offer informal peer support starting in pregnancy, through labour and child birth, and the early months of family life. Parents describe their Volunteer as “someone in their corner” who walks the journey with them, giving them emotional or practical support, useful information, easier access to services and a more positive birth experience.

You will be responsible for managing and overseeing efficient quality processes across all areas of Programme delivery, applying specialist health and parenting expertise in line with Parents 1st Community Parent model, including facilitation of co-operative relationships with statutory services. Working in partnership with Pre-school Learning Alliance, A Better Start and the Parents 1st Central Support Team you will also ensure effective co-production with health, social care, early years, community and voluntary sector teams.

You should be an experienced health visitor, midwife or mental health nurse educated to degree level or equivalent, in a relevant qualification. You must be able to demonstrate a passion for community involvement and empowerment. Ideally you will have a teaching qualification or be willing to work towards. You will be passionate about early prevention during pregnancy, childbirth, and the transition to parenthood to give babies the best possible start in life.

You will oversee the work of the Programme Coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating the day to day running of the Programme. The Key responsibilities for the Programme Coordinator include: supervising a small team of Development Workers; volunteer recruitment, training, supervision and personal development; promoting referrals; ensuring effective volunteer support in the home, maternity unit and community; and efficient Programme evaluation.

For an informal discussion, please contact Celia Suppiah on 07807688248 or Stephanie Farr on 07811134377 or 01268 739729

If you would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity, please apply on line at https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/29d2355a0570964f450526932f69bac8/?vac_ref=914102265 . Further information regarding the programmes are available on the www.parents1st.org.ukClosing date 21st March 2016.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks and Satisfactory References

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