Who we are Meet the team Staff team Alesha Stander Development Worker Alesha Joined Parents 1st as a volunteer Pregnancy Pal and Birth Buddy in February 2015. Her reason for joining was because she wanted to give something back and help new mums and families who have no support system and needed someone who was in their corner and who they could talk to. "I experienced postnatal depression with both of my children and found it very hard not having any support. Just having someone I could talk to and trust would have made such a difference to me during this time." Alesha joined the Parents 1st team in May 2018 as a Development Worker under the Reaching Communities BIG Lottery Funded Project. This role expands on her volunteer peer support experience and incorporates recruiting new volunteers, development of antenatal and postnatal workshops for dads, development of the Dad’s Network with support from local men, self-support friendship groups and outreach activities covering the Thurrock area. To date Alesha has attended 3 births and supported 9 families in her peer support role with families in the Thurrock and Basildon areas. Whilst training and volunteering with Parents 1st Alesha completed the City and Guilds 3599 Award in Working with Parents and is currently completing an extension of this with a Working with Parents in groups unit. Alesha grew up in South Africa and has lived in the UK for 17 years. She has lived in the Thurrock area for over 10 years with her husband, 2 children and 2 cats. She has a good local knowledge of the area and is a keen supporter of local groups and services that are beneficial to families.