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 year 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.
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.
Antenatal & Postnatal exercise classes
The benefits of pilates are many. It helps pregnant ladies prepare their bodies for childbirth. For new mums, it targets the pelvic floor muscles, among others, that have been stretched during labour. Why not come along to our pilates classes?
We run FREE and WEEKLY exercise classes with fully qualified instructors. Join the antenatal classes from 12 weeks, and our postnatal sessions with your baby after your six week check (we welcome non-crawling babies). 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. Mats are provided. On rare occasions we are at full capacity and are unable to accommodate all attendees. Please come early to secure your place!
We also run a Social Drop-In on Thursdays between antenatal and postnatal classes. This is an excellent opportunity to stay after exercise and meet other mums-to-be, or to bring your baby earlier and feed and setlle baby before exercising! However, you do not need to exercise to attend this Drop-in. Just bring along your bump or baby and have a chat over refreshments provided :)
Antenatal Class: 10.00 -11.00 am
Postnatal Class: 11.15am-12.15 pm
Chrisp Street Children's Centre, 23-27 Market Way, London E14 6AH
Antenatal Class: 9.30 - 10.30 am
Social Drop-In: 10.30 - 11.15 am
Postnatal Class: 11.15 - 12.15 pm
St Luke's Church, Alpha Grove, E14 8LH
Community Parent Workshops
We run a a series of fun and innovative workshops for parents and parents-to-be that focus on self-care, preparing for baby and parenting. The next Workshop series starts this Autumn 2019. Our workshops are free and parents are welcome to bring their (non-crawling) babies along. Do get in touch with us at CPenquiries@island-house.org if you'd like to sign up
Would you like to become a 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 currently taking enquiries remotely due to the Covid-19 response. If you would like to chatt about becoming a Community Parent please email Annemarie.Ibbotson@island-house.org or call 07366033931
Volunteering helps improve your skills and confidence, and also brings about a greater sense of belonging to your community.
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
Community Parents Team
020 7531 0314 / 07759142552 / CPenquiries@island-house.org
Isle of Dogs
London E14 3PG
T: 020 7531 0310
Charity # 1110519
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