Island House Blog


PBB Project - Community Parents

September 2016


Pregnancy and birth are often key periods of transition in an individual's life and can be the driver for making important choices and changes. We see this period as an ideal opportunity to offer effective support that can enable a positive experience to be had and also help prevent future difficulties from arising. A Community Parent is there to offer informal support and useful information to an expectant mother and/or father through pregnancy and the first year of family life.

Here at Community Parents we are excited to be continuing this project and to be put in contact with women who are in need of an additional listening ear, support and a connection into our bustling community.

We are incredibly proud of our 24 active volunteers who bring so much colour, enthusiasm and care to the parents that they support and to us as well! We really would be lost without them and are looking forward to finding more ways this term to show them how valuable they are.

We are thrilled that 15 new volunteers (our fifth cohort) are being trained at the moment and should be ready to be paired with a family in November.

Over the last four years we have supported 93 families on a one to one basis and have provided hundreds more with advice and information at our weekly outreach sessions.

Families are referred to us from many sources and we are enjoying strengthening our relationships with our local GPS, midwives, Children’s Centres, voluntary organisations and Health Visitors. We are relaunching our stakeholders group in the autumn where professionals and families can meet on a quarterly basis and look at ways of working together more efficiently.

We love hearing from the stakeholders that they “really couldn’t do what we do” and that they really value the way in which we can offer a listening ear to the families that need it. 

We are launching a new ‘Quick Response’ to referrals from the Gateway Midwifery Team to enable us to meet some of the more vulnerable mothers to be at their midwives appointment, and we’re also producing a short film to showcase our service to parents, volunteers, stakeholders and potential funders.

Finally, our free antenatal and postnatal pilates classes and our Bumps & Babies coffee morning both continue to offer a place for pregnant and new mums to meet others, share experiences and improve their wellbeing.

Island House
Roserton Street
Isle of Dogs

London E14 3PG
T: 020 7531 0310


Reg. charity # 1110519

Island House News:

Huge thanks to the BIG LOTTERY FUND (Reaching Communities) for their recent grant (August 2017) to fund our Community Parents Project for the next 3 years up to 2020.


CanDo 2017 is now CLOSED for new applications


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




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