About us Who we are Our teams Derby Community Parent Programme "Working together to empower people to live their best lives through pregnancy, birth and beyond." What is the Derby Community Parent Programme? Delivered by Ripplez, the Derby Community Parent Programme is a volunteer support programme. We offer expectant and new parents the opportunity to be matched to a specifically suited, highly trained volunteer, to provide specialist pregnancy, labour & birth, and early parenthood support. Our aim is to create independence and positive changes using a strengths based, non-judgemental approach. What do our Volunteers do? Our volunteers (also known as Pregnancy Pals and Birth Buddies) undergo 26 weeks of training from a variety of health professionals, including four sessions of training on the labour ward at the local hospital. This training ensures that volunteers are providing evidence based, up to date information around a whole variety of relevant subjects, including, breastfeeding, keeping fit and well, mental health and wellbeing, smoking cessation and labour & birth. The volunteers then share this information with the parent(s) they support, either one-to-one, at one of our peer group coffee mornings, out and about at events in the local community, or in particular areas of the Royal Derby Hospital – Antenatal Clinic, Neonatal Ward, The Beeches and Ward 314. The volunteers offer this support and information as peers. What does DCPP do for you? This is proven to be an effective way of engaging hard-to-reach parents and communities. The support is individually tailored and the same volunteer can remain throughout the pregnancy and birth if required, meaning a unique and established relationship is maintained between volunteer and client. The peer supporter can really help to bridge the gap between parents and professional, and has been described by our clients as ‘someone in my corner’. Since our first cohort of volunteers in 2016 we have seen some amazing outcomes. If you or someone you are working with could benefit from this service, you can refer securely through the following link: Contact DCPP *One to one support is currently only available for Derby City residents. *We can offer support to both mums and dads, either separately or as a couple. There are no age limits for referrals and we are able to offer support to women who already have a child/children (whether they are in their care or not). The DCPP offers a range of volunteer services and events for you. To find out what, where and when, click here! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Pregnancy Pal and Birth Buddy and supporting the important work Ripplez does, you can find out more, here! You can find information about DCPP's coffee mornings and other Ripplez events here! Funding - How to help us: As a social enterprise we have an ongoing need to seek funding. Any ideas? Give us a shout! Telephone: 01332 888094 or Email: [email protected] Follow DCPP on Facebook and Twitter.