Parentaid in Andover (Sponsored by the Home Office). Note prepared by Jean Lannie, Project Development Worker.
"You may be aware that I have been working as a project development worker in Andover since January 2001, for the Andover Community Partnership, initially funded by Hampshire County Council, to write an Adult and Community Learning Plan for the Andover area.
Consultation took place with a wide range of learning providers and The Adult and Community Learning Plan for Andover and District was presented at a high profile conference in May 2001.
I am pleased to say that The Andover Community Partnership recently successfully applied to The Learning and Skills Council for funding to support The Andover Family Learning Project.
One of the successes of the project so far this year has been the commitment from schools and voluntary/statutory bodies to work together with a national development officer to produce the Parentaid Directory.
Members of the Voices group, which is a registered charity that works as a support agency looking at raising self-esteem of its members who are parents of children in the 0-5 age group, have worked together in their own time to research and compile the directory.
What is Parentaid? The purpose of Parentaid is to work with schools and other relevant community based organisations to produce a local directory. The directories will offer headteachers and other staff, relevant information and contacts to support them in their work with parents.
Many schools want to respond positively to parents who are in need of help. However, often they do not have the time or the information to hand. This is where Parentaid comes in. The Parentaid Directory contains detailed information of agencies and organisations who offer support and advice. Why are we doing this? Department of Health research shows that, after the GP, the primary school is the second most likely place for parents to go for advice on their own problems."
"This is a really valuable directory", said Sir George. "For example, I had no idea there was an organisation in Andover that can help parents whose children don't go to sleep. Information such as this is invaluable in directing people to the right place when they come to my advice bureau."