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Project information

Parent Voice Leadership Programme (PVLP)

This funding will go towards the development of our Parent Voice Leadership programme with a focus on young parents. Through our capacity building model Parent Network Scotland will take parents on a journey of learning, self discovery, capacity building and leadership.

1 year

Charity information: Parent Network Scotland

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  • Need


    This is a targeted piece of work focussing on young parents underpinning our future strategic vision within PNS. We want to create an opportunity for young parents to be the best they can be and support a process that not only helps them to be more confident, nurturing and capable but also to give their children the best role model they can have. Families will benefit from improved self-worth and parents are empowered to be better advocates for their children's and own need.


    Throughout the life of this project we will engage with a minimum of 48 parents who have become vulnerable through challenges in their lives. The support will be delivered in 3 different stages:
    Stage 1 - Parenting Matters courses (18 hours)
    Stage 2 - Development Award
    Stage 3 - Community Achievement Award

    At the end of each stage parents will gain leadership skills through participation and will feel equipped to develop and run their own community projects and support groups.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Parents will report their lives and children's lives are improved through attendance on programme.


    » Provide a safe space for parents to gain skills through the delivery of our three step model.
    » Connect with parents in an empathic, non-judgemental approach supporting them to build closer relationships, confidence and embrace personal change

    What success will look like

    75% of participants will report that their lives and children's lives has improved as a result of participating in a full or part programme. Celebration event will showcase stories

    Aim 2

    Parents will report their children's emotional wellbeing is enhanced.


    » Delivery of Parenting Matters which encourages parents to look after themselves and gain support from others.
    » Encourage parents to explore attitudes and behaviour and share thoughts, feelings and needs.
    » Delivery of the Development Award involving parents and families in leadership, decision-making and change through learning.

    What success will look like

    90% of participating parents will report gaining a more positive attitude towards their children as a result of participating in a full or part programme

    Aim 3

    By increasing their own self-confidence parents will inspire their children to be more confident.


    » Delivery of our experiential learning journey accredited by the Community Achievement Award.
    » Deliver sustainable capacity building community projects which are solution focussed and led by parents.

    What success will look like

    85% of all participating parents will report raised self-confidence as a result of participating in a full or part programme. A drama will be performed sharing parent journeys.

  • Impact


    This leadership programme will help create a more nurturing environment for families. We aim o reduce the incidents of maltreatment by giving parents on-going and intensive support. We will use our Gold Standard TOPSE, a new audit tool that allows affordable, universal, comparable and reliable measurement of the effectiveness of parent programmes which will record a 90% increase in effectiveness of our proposed parent programme.


    The organisation will prepare a detailed action plan. Organisational performance and finance is monitored and evaluated through Key Performance Indicator Meetings (KPI). Management group meetings are held on a bi monthly basis and the Board will meet bi-monthly and will review outcomes from KPI meetings, to provide guidance, monitor progress and impact. We will work closely with our existing parent network to engage effectively and react to the needs of the young parents.


    Reporting will take place via social media and our newsletter. An end of year report will be shared with all donors as well as an invitation to our Celebration Event.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £46,675

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      Amount Heading Description
      £38,701 Delivery Costs Staff Salary, Sessional Parent Salary
      £5,640 Training Costs Travel, Accreditation, Refreshments, Learning Materials, Volunteer Expenses and Training
      £2,334 Office Costs Desk Rental and office Supplies

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    North Ayrshire Council £15,000 Guaranteed
    Glasgow Housing Association £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The North and West areas of Glasgow (where we have been based over the last 5 years) have a population of 242,672. There are 36,865 children (0 to 15 years) living in this part of Glasgow. In Scotland as a whole, the percentage of the population who are income deprived is 14%. In North and West Glasgow, this percentage is 24.5%. 43% of residents of North and West Glasgow live in rented social housing, compared to 29% of the population of Scotland.


    Parents who have become vulnerable through challenges in their lives. They will be drawn from the contacts we make with local authorities (CLD, Early Years and Integrated Services) and also projects such as Rathbone, Scottish Refugee Council as well as self referrals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    PNS is exceptional in the field of building parents’ capacity to be ‘the best parents they can be’. PNS model has been developed and included within the Scottish Government ‘Scottish Governments 'National Parenting Strategy' due to its unique capacity building work with parents.

    PNS is experienced in providing evidence based parenting programmes (Parenting Matters) and capacity building training (Three Stage Model) in local communities across Scotland.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lorna Mitchell

    Lorna as our lead facilitator at PNS will support and mentor the parent volunteers to ensure the Parent Voice Leadership Programme is a success.

    Sarah Cairns

    Sarah will support the facilitation of training of our 3 step capacity building model

    Antonia Caithness

    Antonia is our Parent Link Volunteer and will be assisting in the delivery of the programme and co-facilitating stage 1 and Stage 3.

    Victoria Kilbride

    Victoria is our Parent Link Volunteer and will be assisting in the delivery of the programme and co-facilitating stage 1 and Stage 3.