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Recruitment for the Community Parents Project Administration Coordinator is now CLOSED. Sorry but late applications cannot be accepted. Thank you for your interest.




Connecting new and experienced parents in Poplar, Limehouse and the Isle of Dogs to empower, inform and encourage.


A Community Parent is another local parent who has been there and done that, who volunteers their time to offer informal support and useful information to an expectant mother and/or father through pregnancy and the first 8-12 months of family life.


Pregnancy and birth are key periods of transition in an individual's life and can be the driver for making important choices and changes. This period is an ideal opportunity to offer effective support to foster a positive experience and help prevent future difficulties.

  • We share information on local services for pregnant women and new parents.
  • We offer practical and emotional support during pregnancy and as a new parent.
  • We do not judge, tell you what to do or take over!
  • We are there for you as you go through the tricky bits of becoming a parent and to share the good bits too!

If you are interested in receiving support, please                                                                        click here.


Antenatal & Postnatal

Pilates Classes


FREE pilates exercise classes with a fully qualified instructor. Join the antenatal classes from 12 weeks, and our postnatal sessions with your baby after your six week check. All pregnant and new mums are welcome, regardless of your previous experience of exercise.

Wear comfortable clothes with room for stretching and bring water to drink.

Note - on rare occasions we are at full capacity and are unable to accommodate all attendees.

Please come early to secure your place!



Antenatal Class: 9.30-10.30am

Postnatal Class: 10.45-11.45am

ASDA Community Room, Eastferry Road, London E14 3BT



Antenatal Class: 10.00-11am

Postnatal Class: 11.15am-12.15pm

Chrisp Street Children's Centre, 23-27 Market Way, London E14 6AH


Community Parents Drop-in


Drop in for a cuppa!


Calling local parents and carers! Whether you have a bump or a baby, why not join our friendly volunteers for a cuppa and a chat? Come and meet other parents to share ideas and experiences, and support each other.


MONDAYS 12.30-2 pm

Poplar Baths Cafe, 170 East India Dock Road, London E14 0ED


Community Parents volunteers are trained as Peer Supporters for first-time pregnant families. The volunteers are trained to Level 3 City & Guilds in "Work with Parents" then matched with families in early pregnancy. The peer support is an empowering relationship to strengthen core family support relationships, improve the birth and early years experience and help new families integrate fully into their community.



"I support the processes employed by this project at every level. It is a stunning example of innovation, co-production, and rigorous risk management given the area they operate in..

                                      Abigail Gilbert Public Health Locality Manager

                                      South East Locality

                                      Tower Hamlets Council

                                      Town Hall

                                      Mulberry Place (4th Floor)

                                      5 Clove Crescent

                                      London E14 2BG

                                      Tel: 020 7364 7030 / 07940 484768



Would you like to become a volunteer Community Parent?


If you have time to give to expectant and new parents in your community we'd love to hear from you.


We are looking for people with experience of being a parent to sign up for 'Supporting Being a Parent' - a FREE four week taster course, and your first step to becoming a volunteer Community Parent. It will help you to gain new skills and build your confidence in a fun and friendly way.


For our  VOLUNTEERS page, click here for further details about our training course and qualifying with City & Guilds in "Working with Parents".


For our STAKEHOLDERS page, click here





020 7531 0314 / 07708 585876 /





Health Manager




Peer Support Co-ordinator



Project Development Worker



Peer Support Co-ordinator


Island House
Roserton Street
Isle of Dogs

London E14 3PG
T: 020 7531 0310


Reg. charity # 1110519

Island House News:

CanDo 2018 is now OPEN for new applications for Project Support grants of £500. Deadline is 16th April 2018. Click here for more details.



We are currently recruiting new volunteers to train as COMMUNITY PARENTS on our next course starting in June 2018. Click here for more details.




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