I am one of the Co-ordinators of Community Mums (Scotland). Our organisation is the first Community Mothers Project in Scotland. Through Celia Suppiah’s support and guidance, we have been able to establish a pilot project in our area. Celia has encouraged and supported us and allowed our organisation to fully benefit from their well-established and developed materials, training packages and expertise. Celia has also arranged for our organisation to attend workshops and events which have been invaluable in assisting us in furthering our programme.

Pauline Johnston
Community Mums (Scotland)

Consultancy support

It is 'how' a Community Parent Programme is delivered on the ground that is critical to achieving effective outcomes. Careful planning, persistence and resilience are needed to set up a new programme and then run it successfully.

We can offer individual consultancy support particularly about the following core implementation issues:

  • Meeting with commissioners and developing a business plan
  • Establishing partnership working: whilst peer support complements the work of professionals, it doesn’t replace them and it is important to get this right from the start
  • Recruiting Community Parents with the appropriate personal qualities: a Community Parent needs to be able to develop a relationship of trust and rapport respecting local parents as equal partners in solving their own problems. The most vulnerable families are particularly wary of the stigma associated with being perceived as not coping. Robust recruitment is therefore critical
  • Appointing a coordinator with the appropriate skills. A skilled coordinator enables Community Parents to grow, develop, enjoy their role and carry it out effectively. Amongst other duties, effective ongoing supervision and personal development support needs to be provided ensuring role boundaries are clarified and dealing with day-to-day issues as they arise including protecting vulnerable adults and child safeguarding issues.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further or would like an individual quotation.