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.
  • 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.

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





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. 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.

On rare occasions we are at full capacity and are unable to accommodate all attendees.

Please come early to secure your place!



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 on Mondays? Non-crawling babies are welcome. 



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


Legs, Bums & Tums with Social Drop-In


 The Legs, Bums & Tums exercise classes focus on strengthening the core. It also has a Social Drop-In between classes where mums-to-be can stay and chat after exercising. Mums can also come an hour earlier to play with, feed and settle their babies before exercising. There is a place for your babies to play.

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



Antenatal Class: 9.30 - 10.30 am 

Social Drop-In: 10.30 - 11.30 am 

Postnatal Class: 11.30 - 12.30 pm 

Christchurch Isle of Dogs, 151 Manchester Road, London E14 3DR




      in partnership with Children's Centres 



 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 series of 6 workshops begin in Spring 2019. These workshops are free and parents are welcome to bring their (non-crawling) babies along. Do get in touch with us at if you'd like to sign up for them. 


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 an Informational Coffee Morning in December 2018. Please get in touch with us if you'd like to come along for this session.


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 Coordinator


Tara Lock 

Peer Support Co-ordinator


Melanie Tong 

Project Administration Co-ordinator


Annemarie Ibottson 

Project Development Worker


Island House
Roserton Street
Isle of Dogs

London E14 3PG
T: 020 7531 0310


Reg. charity # 1110519

House News:

New Centre Director  Paul Rogers was delighted to start on 20th August, following the departure Steve Hill after 10 years service to Island House.


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