Community Parents Volunteering

Volunteers are at the heart of what we do.


Since 2012 we have trained 56 volunteers in five cohorts. Each volunteer supports one to three families at a time.


We are always looking for new volunteers to become Community Parents. If you would like to hear more about how you can make a difference to parents-to-be in your community, please contact a member of the team for more information about our next available training course.


020 7531 0314 / 07708 585876




Make a difference in your community by supporting someone through pregnancy, childbirth and becoming a parent.


  • Community Parents CARE
  • Community Parents SUPPORT THEIR PEERS
  • Community Parents are LOCAL VOLUNTEERS
  • Community Parents are PARENTS LIKE YOU
  • Community Parents LISTEN, NOT JUDGE
  • Community Parents are TOTALLY CONFIDENTIAL
  • Community Parents HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST
Eibhleann Radford, Community Parent, with baby

What we are looking for in volunteers:


NO formal qualifications are required.


To be a volunteer it is ESSENTIAL that you are:


  • Good at listening and communicating
  • Flexible
  • Non-judgmental
  • Caring and sensitive
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Committed and reliable
  • Interested in pregnancy, birth and families


The second cohort of Community Parents receiving their taster course certificates

Our volunteers:


  • Develop positive relationships with parents, professionals, project staff and volunteers
  • Help people find their own way forward
  • Find ways to build and maintain trust
  • Cope in stressful situations
  • Relate to some of the day-to-day issues faced by other local parents


Celebrating Cohort 4 at our Volunteer Appreciation Tea, March 2017

"The whole project is inspiring and it’s powerful to see how many women join the project as volunteers to support others. I feel so lucky to be part of it.”


Sofie Perry, Cohort 4 Volunteer



City & Guilds

Our Comunity Parents are volunteers trained to City & Guilds Level 3 in "Working with Parents".



Our first cohort of volunteer COMMUNITY PARENTS receiving their training certificates from Island House Centre Director Steve Hill

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Island House News:

CanDo 2017 is now CLOSED for new applications


WELCOME to Isabel White, a new Peer-Support Coordinator for our Community Parents project, who started work in January 2017.


MOVING ON:  Best wishes to Samuel Olusile and Zena Hewlett who are leaving our team and moving to new pastures. We thank them for all their dedication and hard work and wish them all the very best for the future. 


CONGRATULATIONS to our Centre Director, Steve Hill, on receiving a 2016 Community Champions Award  from Canary Wharf Group in November 2016


IH Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the new Chairm of Island House Trustees is Mr Tony Alderman. Tony has worked with Island House's Management Committee and staff for many years and is a great asset to the centre.


Belly Dancing

Beginners are very Welcome! New sessions are 6-7pm on Tuesdays at The Cabin, St Leonards Rd in Poplar. Contact Jayne on 020 3069 7401 or Dee on 020 517 2600 for more info


Volunteering Opportunities

Our Peer-Support project are recruiting new Community Parents Click here for more information or call 020 7531 0314 


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