Part-time, 21 hours/week

£27,288 FTE pro rata (0.6 FTE = £16,373)


Deadline for applications: 4 pm on Tuesday 18th June 2019


Are you passionate about pregnancy and postnatal peer support?


Do you have experience in providing high quality training for volunteers or in group facilitation?


Would you like to work in a liberating community setting?


Island House is a registered charity and local community resource hub delivering projects to serve the communities in SE Tower Hamlets. We have an exciting opportunity within the Community Parents Project for the role of Peer Support Coordinator.


You will help recruit, train and supervise volunteers, implement the family referral processes, liaise with stakeholders in the community and assist the Health Manager in all matters of delivering a successful project. You must be passionate about working relationally and building empowering support networks for vulnerable parents.


For this role, the initial contract will be from July 2019 to 31st December 2019, but will be extended subject to the charity securing more project funding.


APPLICATIONS: Please download the Application Form, Job Description and Person Specification below, and return by e-mail to before the deadline above. Interviews are expected to be held on Tuesday 2nd July. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to do a short presentation at the interview and a simple IT Exercise.


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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


Antenatal and 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 :) 

Exercise Schedule



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 Parents 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 Summer 2019. Our 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 will run next Informational Coffee Morming and recruitment later this year in 2019. However, we welcome all initial enquiries about the programme. 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





020 7531 0314 / 07708 585876 /





Health Manager



Peer Support Coordinator



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

Community Parents


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