Best Start, delivered in partnership with Touchstone, is a free 6 week peer support course for expecting parents and parents/carers of children under 2. Focusing on how to manage stress, where to look for extra support, how to improve communication with others and much more, Best Start is different from other “parenting courses” you may have come across. The main source of support at Best Start comes from like-minded people who are able to share relevant personal experiences and provide practical ways of dealing with different situations.
We have a free crèche and the project is perfect for anyone wanting to meet other people and make new friends, boost their confidence, learn new skills and help others in the process! Six wonderful women have just completed the 6 week course at Middleton Play and Learning Centre and are already eagerly sharing what they learnt on the course with others in their community and spreading their knowledge far and wide.
Ten women, who have completed the initial 6 weeks course, are now completing the Best Start Peer Training course. These fantastic women are training to become peer volunteers and Best Start Buddies. They will go on to support new parents and carers to attend future Best Start courses, run their own groups in their local communities, and support Best Start facilitators run even more Best Start groups in the near future!
If you are interested in getting involved with the project, get in touch!