"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, physical and 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, at local community events, or in certain areas of the Royal Derby Hospital – Antenatal Clinic, Neonatal Ward, The Beeches and Ward 314.

What can 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 parent.

Our volunteers have been described by parents as ‘someone in my corner’. 


If you or someone you are working with could benefit from this service, you can refer securely through the following link:

*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]

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