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Parents Supporting Parents – Being a Parent

10th January 2020

The Parenting Team are delighted to say we have a further 4 x EPEC – ‘Being a Parent’ – Parents Supporting Parents groups scheduled for the Spring 2020.  3 groups are in the North and 1 group is in the East/West of the borough – please see flyer attached for details of times and venues. The groups are available to any families with children aged 0-11 years.

The added bonus is we are happy to cover the cost of registered childcare whilst the parents/carers attend the group or training. 

We would like to embed this support for parents into your community more. We already have several excellent Parent Group Leaders trained in Solihull community; however we always want more, so please pass on our PGL training flyer to them, see attached.

We would also appreciate it if you can please promote both flyers as much as possible in generally, as this parenting support is different from any others, it’s about Communities supporting one another.

African proverb: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, means that an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment.

Please contact me if you would like any further information.

EPEC ‘Being a Parent’ group, please read the following, so that you are more able to support families to attend the groups & promote appropriately:

  • What is EPEC? – Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) is an evidence-based, strategy based, self sustaining parenting programme. It combines peer-led parenting groups with training, supervision and support provided by the Parenting Team.
  • What does EPEC offer? – EPEC’s peer-led Being a Parent ( BaPs ) groups consist of eight 2 hour sessions facilitated by two EPEC certified local parent group leaders ( PGLs ) for between 6-12 parents. EPEC groups successfully integrate behaviour change with adult learning.
  • Who leads EPEC courses? – EPEC groups are peer-led by local parents who successfully complete certified EPEC PGL training (60 hours over 10 weeks) and receive ongoing supervision and support.
  • What do EPECgroups cover? – EPEC aims to improve child development and outcomes, parenting, family resilience and social capital. EPEC groups combine the latest developmental science and theory with well-evidenced parenting strategies and have been designed by South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, national leaders in mental health interventions and training.
  • What is the added value of EPEC – EPEC is so much more than a Parenting groups. Parents who are involved with EPEC have increased confidence, resilience and become key figures in their community to support other families in their local area.
  • What about Understanding Your Child? – Solihull Approach Understanding Your Child course will continue to be offered to families with children aged 0-19 as part of the parenting strategy in Solihull and will continue to be facilitated by professionals.

To book onto any group, please contact the Parenting Coordinator, Lisa Baker, at: or telephone number: 0121 301 2773