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Project information

Strong Remarkable Parents

This project will bring together parents from military and civilian families in North Yorkshire who face difficult personal and social circumstances that affect their wellbeing when they are expecting and looking after their children and enable them to speak out about their experiences and needs.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Parents For Parents - North Yorks (working name Parents4Parents-NorthYorks)

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  • Need


    This project will help to overcome the isolation and stigmatisation that parents whose lives are affected by stressful life events and economic or social disadvantage all too often experience. It will enable them to share their experiences with and get support from each other. It will enable them to raise public awareness about their experiences and how they affect their wellbeing and to have a positive influence on attitudes and responses in the wider community and among service providers.


    We will train a team of parents from local communities to design and carry out research with parents from different communities who face/have faced very difficut experiences and issues and collect first hand testimony from them. The parents who take part in the research will gradually be brought together in small groups then larger gatherings and finally attend a big event where they will help to present the research findings to other parents and staff from a range of agencies.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To gather rich in-depth information about the lives of marginalised parents.


    » We will train a team of local parents who have withstood difficult life experiences to design and carry out a piece of Particpatory Action Reesearch.

    What success will look like

    We will produce a research report containing a wealth of qualitative and quantitative information. The findings will be presented at the end of project event.

    Aim 2

    To bring together parents who are marginalised by their circumstances and life experiences


    » To draw parents gradually from individual into small group interviews, then focus group sessions and larger gatherings, building social networks.

    What success will look like

    We will have records from the small group interviews, focus group sessions and gatherings and parents who have participated will give testimony at the end of project event.

    Aim 3

    To empower the parents who take part, raise their self esteem and status in local communties.


    » The parents who take part in the project will help to analyse the research findings and present them at an event for parents and service providers.

    What success will look like

    We will evaluate parents experience of and involvement in the different stages of the project and during the final event and collect feedback from the people who attned the event.

  • Impact


    It will give parents opportunities to buid on their experience and particpate in new pieces of work. We will invite parents and agencies to join a group to monitor the impact of the event on attitudesand action. We will set up a Strong Remarkable Parents group to enable parents who have participated in the project to decide what they want to do next. We will maintain the Participatory Action Research Team and invite new parents to become trained members and nominate new issues to research.


    (a) We will not be able to afford to employ a lead researcher and trainer for the research team.
    We have submitted grant applications and secured promises of in-kind contributions from suitably experienced practioners.

    (b) We will not recruit the parents we need for the research team or reach the range of parents we need for the research sample.
    We work in partnership with other agences that will help us to engage parents and our volunteers do regular community outreach work.


    We will produce regular bulletins on the progress if the project, a research report, a report on the final event and a project evaluation. We will allso invite donors to visit and speak with the research team during the course of the project and toi attend the final project event.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,620

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,300 Volunteer expenses Transport and creche to enable volunteer research team members to take part in 10 training sessions
      £2,320 Group research sessions Transport & creche to enable parents to take part in 8 group research sessions
  • Background


    Project activities will be located in the Hambleton and Richmondshire areas of North Yorkshire, in neighbiurhoods where there are pockets of economic & social deprivation; where parents live in isolated villages; where there are parents from military and civilian communities who have suffered stressful life events such as abuse, debt, homelessness, lone parenthood, mental health issues, poverty, separation from loved ones, stigmatisation and vicitmisation, traumatic bereavement.


    Parents from diverse communities of identity and origin, of different ages, abilities, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, llving in different nieghbourhoods in the Hambleton and Richmondshire areas of North Yorkshire, who have been disadvanated and whose wellbeing has been affected by the adverse personal and social circumstances they have faced. .

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Parents4Parents-NorthYorks is was set up and is led by and for parents from local communities. It is the only orgnaisation in North Yorkshire that offers peer support for parents and has been successfully deliverinf those services for 5 years. We engage and support parents that other agencies struggle to reach, have a presence in the community and are respected by other service providers. We are used to training volunteers in high order skills, managing and delivering large scale projects

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Vivienne Schwartzberg

    Project Manager and Lead Trainer, who will oversee the project and supersive the volunteer research team on behalf of the Trustees.

    Rebecca Briggs

    Trainee Project Manager who will assist the Project Manager in overseeing the project & supervising the team of volunteer researchers.

    Carol-Ann Hodgson

    Trainee Trainer who will assist in the delivery of the training for the team of volunteer researchers.