What is the Parent to Parent Program?
The Parent to Parent program is for parents who have a child with a disability and would like to talk to someone who has a genuine understanding of their situation and needs. The Parent to Parent program provides support and comfort from other parents in similar situations.
The Parent to Parent program strives to offer the vital support that only a parent with a child who has a disability can give to another parent who also has a child with a disability.
The program aims to minimise the isolation, both emotional and geographical, felt by many new parents of a child with a disability, through the provision of experienced and empathetic support.
Parent to Parent Southern has a pool of trained volunteer parents of children with disabilities, who act as support for other parents in a similar situation, who may feel the need for this sort of assistance.
After being matched with a parent who is seeking support, the volunteer is able to assist through the sharing of common experience and the provision of emotional support. This support may come either in the form of a phone call or meeting with another parent.
As well as training and supporting the volunteer parents, the Parent to Parent Co-ordinator acts as a central contact point for referrals and information.