Parents1st launch

We're delighted to launch a new open access platform for Parents1st to help quality perinatal volunteering flourish.

With over 30 years of expertise, award-winning charity Parents1st has an excellent reputation for delivering high-quality volunteering and parent-to-parent support during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

We're absolutely delighted to bring that knowledge together on our platform for everyone interested in setting up, delivering or funding perinatal volunteer initiatives.

The ’open access’ website is free to all and includes hundreds of tools, manuals and resources based on clear and strong evidence from across the UK and other countries too. The platform is also home to a social network,  connecting people to help them share their own ideas, resources and experiences of peer support and volunteer initiatives.

Almost two years in the making, this site has been developed by Parents1st using our platform and launches at todays 'Peer Support' conference taking place in London today.

Celia Suppiah, Parents1st CEO says:

Our mission is to make it as easy as possible for perinatal volunteering and peer support to grow and flourish. That’s why we’ve taken all our knowledge, guidance manuals and hundreds of resources, developed over 30 years, and put it online for the perinatal community to use, free of charge. This is just the start – we want others to join the network and share their expertise too. We believe that organisations planning, setting up and delivering these valuable initiatives should collaborate, network and learn from each other. We also want to inspire funders and commissioners to invest in early intervention and prevention so that more parents and babies can benefit during this critical life transition.

There are five key practice guides on the platform with accompanying resources. They take users on a journey from planning, designing, setting up, and delivering a quality perinatal volunteer initiative, through to improving and reviewing it. Users can also access workshops and further support if needed.

Rachel, a midwife at Barkentine Birth Centre in East London says:

We know that peer support is one of the most important things to offer pregnant women. Evidence shows it is more effective than a lot of clinical treatments, especially for reducing stress, postnatal depression and preterm birth. It is also shown to affect long term outcomes including the bond between parent and child. The NHS doesn’t have the capacity to offer it, so it’s an important gap that needs filling.

Features on this platform include:


Visit www.parents1st.org.uk to sign up to the site free of charge and access the community hub, guidance and resources.

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