EPEC is a UK wide course which is now being rolled out in Scotland with Renfrewshire chosen as the first local authority area to deliver the programme. Active Communities is a key partner in the project, which is being led by Renfrewshire Council Children’s services, alongside Klas Care CIC. The project team recruit and train volunteer parents from across Renfrewshire as Parent Group Leaders. Parent Group Leaders receive comprehensive training (which is accredited) over a one day a week, 10-week training course. They have ongoing support and supervision through their while time as a parent group leader.
These volunteers then go on to lead eight week-long parenting programmes in local communities. These courses are 2-hour sessions over a period of 8 weeks and are for parents of 2-11year olds to help them become more confident parents, develop their parenting skills and increase their understanding of positive parenting.
The course covers topics such as