Promoting Positive Parenting: Our Weekly Parent and Baby Group

Promoting Positive Parenting: Our Weekly Parent and Baby Group

At Doorstep, we believe in putting young people at the heart of everything we do. That’s why when Lucy, a young parent, came to us with an idea to get other young parents together, we said ‘Yes!’

It all started with a ‘Breakfast with Santa‘ back in December 2022, and went from strength-to-strength. Each week, up to 8 parents and their children, joined us for a breakfast club drop-in.  A welcoming, safe space where young parents could share their experiences, challenges, and successes. Unlike larger playgroups, our smaller setting helps parents feel less overwhelmed and more connected. In its first year, 29 parents attended 127 times. Now into its second year, the average weekly engagement per parent has increased by 19%, and the average monthly attendance has increased by 48%.

Those who attend have told us the impact it has had on them:

“I feel more comfortable in this smaller environment. It feels like home.”

“It’s great to have a place where I can talk about being a parent without feeling judged.”

“I think my son has started to try new things sooner because of his time spent here.”

Embracing Positive Parenting Techniques

Our staff team are trained in promoting the NSPCC’s  ‘Look Say Sing Play’ techniques, encouraging positive parenting practices. Parents have told us that significant milestones, such as crawling, walking, and trying new foods, have been achieved by their children as a direct result coming to the group.

Healthy Breakfast Club: More Than Just a Meal

Our breakfast club is a vital component of the group. It goes beyond providing nutritious meals; it is a platform for:

Nutritional Support: The breakfast club demonstrates easy, nutritious food preparation, allowing families to take home any uneaten items. We regularly promote the meat and veg vouchers, available through family hubs, along with Healthy Start vouchers.

Social Interaction: The breakfast club provides a relaxed setting for parents to connect, fostering relationships beyond the group and aligning with our values of strength in communities.

Community Benefits and Impact

A core aim of the group is to foster peer and community connections that can extend beyond our service when the time comes to move on. We build confidence in parents and children through small steps, introducing them to other people and places in Grimsby and Cleethorpes. These connections contribute to the successful transition to independence for parents, preventing homelessness and improving the life chances of children. The impact of the group can be seen through:

Enhanced Parenting Skills: Parents acquire practical skills that contribute to positive child upbringing.

Support Networks: Lasting relationships formed among young parents create a robust support network.

Improved Well-being: Focusing on well-being, relationships, and independence equips parents with the tools for better mental and emotional health.

Child Development: Play and developmental activities support the growth and development of babies and toddlers.

Community Cohesion: Strengthening local bonds through this initiative creates a positive ripple effect, influencing the wider community.

Join Us and Be Part of Something Special

This group is more than just a program; it is a community where young parents and their children can grow. We fund this group through general donations, raising money to provide toys, food and activities. If you can make a small donation to ensure this group continues, please do so here.

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