Hi welcome back again to another Parent Progression Blog.
Today I am continuing introducing the Team. This time I would like to introduce Helen a Parent Progression Advisor.
Hi, thank you for being a part of the Parent Progression blog.
Thanks Sam. I’m looking forward to contributing to this blog.
Can I just ask you for a brief introduction of yourself to our readers, please?
Hi, I’m Helen and I work as a Parent Progression Advisor in the Parent Progression Team. I support parents who live in the areas of Exeter, Mid and East Devon.
What is your role in the project?
I support parents to achieve their volunteering, learning and moving in to work goals.
What is your favourite part of our project?
My favourite thing is when the parents I am supporting achieve a goal they have set themselves. It is wonderful to see them so happy when they realise their aspirations.
Each time they achieve a goal I can see their confidence and self-belief grow, which often puts them on a road to success.
It’s so lovely to support people to reach their dreams in life.
Can you give the readers an idea of what you do on a day to day basis with parents?
First I support parents to complete a Work Star assessment, to get to know what support they need to be able to achieve their progression goals. Then they complete a goal action plan with me, which we break down into small steps to work towards things they want to achieve.
The types of ways I support parents can vary a lot, due to everyone having different goals. Sometimes it can be useful to chat ideas through and think of ways to achieve any goals together.
I can help identify suitable courses or volunteering roles and even meet with parents to go along to a venue for the first time if they are nervous.
I can help with improving job search skills and creating a CV. I’ll sometimes support parents to think of their ideal job role if they are not sure what sort of work they would like to do.
I also link parents with other places of support, to help them with other challenges they might be facing.
The most important thing for me is to let the parent take the lead with ideas of what they want to do and to go at their pace, with minimal pressure from me. It’s my hope that parents enjoy their progression journey and it is an uplifting experience.
Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to talk to me and give the readers an idea of what we get up to on a daily basis.
Thank you too for reading.
See you next time