What is EPEC?
Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) is a peer-led parenting programme that helps children and families get the very best start in life. It is designed to improve parenting support for families in socially disadvantaged communities and is unique as it trains, supervises and supports local parents to deliver parenting courses in their communities.
What types of EPEC courses are there?
There are three EPEC parenting courses:
- Being A Parent, for parents of children aged 2-11 years.
- Living with Teenagers, for parents of adolescents aged 12-16 years
- Baby and Us, for parents of babies aged 0-1 year
There are also a range of specialist EPEC courses for parents with children with ADHD/ASD and for families living in homeless accommodation.
How does EPEC work?
Local EPEC Hubs recruit, train and supervise up to 12 local parents to become Parent Group Leaders (PGL’s). The PGL’s work in pairs to deliver eight 2-hour sessions of parenting courses to parents living in their local community and receive ongoing supervision and support from their local EPEC hub.
The Enfield EPEC Hub
Enfield was set up as a hub in the Summer and is being coordinated by the Children’s Centre with strategic support from Public Health. Children Centre staff attended the Train the Trainer programme in September and are currently training 11 parent volunteers from the Parent Engagement Panel (PEP) to become the first cohort of PGL’s.
Being a Parent (BaP) course
PGL’s will deliver the BaP course to 80 local parents who have children aged 2-5 and live in the Enfield community. The course is eight sessions and focusses on topics including feelings, understanding children’s behaviour and listening.
Full details of when and where the course will take place will be advertised soon, so watch this space!