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Empowering Parenting Programme

NEW to Burnley: Empowering parenting programme celebrates its first trained volunteers


A newly trained team of volunteers will soon be providing additional support to parents in Burnley through Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC).

EPEC is a unique and innovative programme run by parents, supported by professionals, and offers parent volunteers and parents the opportunity to share experiences and support others in the community.

The fantastic five volunteers were all trained virtually and are now Parent Group Leaders – ready to start delivering sessions to help other parents develop their skills and give their children the best start in life.

Gabbi Lister, Volunteer Parent Group Leaders said, “The course has been a real eye opener, it has helped me develop skills and strategies that I am really embracing.”

Rachael Whittaker, Volunteer Parent Group Leader said, “Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share our experiences to help other parents in the community – I can’t wait to start getting stuck in with delivering the course.”

EPEC has been running for over 15 years, training hundreds of Volunteer Parent Group Leaders in more than 25 areas across the United Kingdom.

Lancashire Healthy Young People and Families Service, run by HCRG, has worked closely with Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Violence Reduction Network to secure funding, and deliver the parenting programme.

Michelle Lee, Managing Director of HCRG in Lancashire said, “Huge congratulations to our new Parent Group Leaders. This is a real achievement as all recruitment and training has been done virtually. We are proud to support families across Lancashire and provide services dedicated to their needs. EPEC is a proven programme, and the outcomes are clearly shown through a robust evaluation programme illustrating the impact on all those who get involved. I look forward to seeing the programme continue to grow as we support more parents and train more volunteers to make a real difference to the lives of the people in our community.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Clarke, Head of Lancashire Violence Reduction Network said, “As Head of the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network I am absolutely delighted to hear of the training of these parent leaders for Burnley. This group will be a real asset to the community. EPEC is well evidenced to help parents to be better equipped to give their children the best start in life. This is part of the wider approach to improving resilience in our communities across Lancashire.”

County Councillor Michael Green, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said, “We are extremely pleased that this programme will now be able to help even more people. Working closely with partners and parents is key to how we can help to improve the lives of adults and children across Lancashire. Well done to everyone who has been involved in making this additional support available in Burnley.”

The next phases of our exciting Burnley EPEC Programme will begin towards the end of September when we start our ‘Being a Parent’ courses and a further round of volunteer Parent Group Leader training.

Being a Parent‘ course

Volunteering as a Parent Group Leader

If you would like to find out more about the parenting programmes or get involved as a volunteer Parent Group Leader please contact the EPEC team on 07866 333980 or email: