Parent Mentoring

A Parent Mentor is a volunteer who meets with families to provide friendly, informal support, encouragement and guidance.

What do Parent Mentors do?

Parent Mentors provide support to families in a non-judgemental way. They understand the complexities of parenting and can help parents with relationship and communication difficulties, help build self-confidence, and help parents carry on implementing positive changes.

Parent Mentors can also help engage with wider community services. They have been trained for the role, are DBS (criminal records) checked and benefit from ongoing support and supervision from The Parenting Project.

Who can benefit from the Parent Mentor programme?

This is available to those who have a parental role and feel they could benefit from volunteer support.

How can parents access the service?

Parents can be referred by a professional. They need to decide on what a Parent Mentor can help with and how to best use the time together. Self-referrals will also always be considered as appropriate.

How long and how often?

A parent mentor can support a family for around 2-3 hours per week, for up to 6 months. Parents can withdraw from the arrangement at any time and for any reason.

A Parent Mentor promises to:
• Listen
• Encourage
• Communicate honestly
• Be committed to the role
• Be reliable
• Be non-judgemental
• Maintain confidentiality at all times (except when there are concerns that someone is at risk of harm)

Some of the things that a Parent Mentor can help with:
• Parenting challenges
• Emotional wellbeing
• Confidence
• Isolation and loneliness
• Aspirations

Find out more about Parent Mentoring

Find out more about Parent Mentoring

Are you interested in being a Parent Mentor?

Parent Mentoring is a great way to feel valued and part of a team, gain new skills and meet new people. It is an opportunity to give back to the community. If you think you have the skills and time to support a family, and would like to be considered for a parent mentoring volunteer role, we would love to hear from you, call or email us on the contact details below.

Are you interested in having a Parent Mentor?

If you’re a parent or carer and want to find out more about having the support of a Parent Mentor please contact us.
Email: familywellbeing@parentingproject.org.uk

Download our Parent Mentoring leaflet: