Parents 1st UK Virtual Conference 2020 - Celebrate Volunteering in Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond: Sharing, connecting, adapting and surviving 

Dates and times 

Tuesday 13th October, 9.45-2.30pm 

Thursday 15th October, 9.45-2.30pm 


Online Event 

About this Event 

Join Parents 1st UK this October for a 2 day virtual event to hear how quality peer support, starting in pregnancy, makes a real difference to parents, babies, families and communities – even more so during these troubled times. Speakers include those leading and delivering successful initiatives, researchers, funders and innovators.  

  • Come together to share learning about adapting to COVID-19 
  • Explore sustainability and funding issues with a presentation from the National Lottery Community Fund 
  • Hear the latest research about ‘what works’ 
  • Listen to inspiring stories from volunteers, pregnant women and fathers 
  • Connect with practitioners who are coordinating initiatives 
  • Join an on-line community that is passionate about perinatal peer support  


This two-day virtual event includes lots of opportunities to participate: 

  • Q&A discussions 
  • Focused breakout sessions 
  • Exceptional networking opportunities. 


Quality peer support during pregnancy, birth and beyond makes a unique contribution to the wellbeing of parents and babies. Fantastic initiatives across the country have adapted quickly to the pandemic and continue to provide a lifeline to vulnerable and isolated parents.  

This conference will not only celebrate excellent examples of initiatives operating across the country but will also explore how these amazing initiatives can adapt, survive and flourish. 

Key speakers include: 

  • National Lottery Community Fund 
  • Jenny McLeish, Researcher, who writes extensively about perinatal volunteering 
  • Emily Slater, Director, Maternal Mental Health Alliance 
  • Sarah McMullen, Head of Knowledge, National Childbirth Trust 
  • Sarah Darton, CEO, Family Links 
  • Tayo Medupin, Innovation Director, Shift Design 
  • Jo Robins, Independent Public Health Consultant 
  • Celia Suppiah, CEO, Parents 1st UK 
  • Robert Woolf, Director, Made Open, who creates online communities to create positive social change 


This conference will be suitable for… 

Anyone currently involved with or interested in planning, delivering or funding a perinatal volunteer initiative including: 

  • Midwives, perinatal mental health practitioners, health visitors, social workers and early years practitioners 
  • Maternity Voices partnerships 
  • Social Prescribing Networks 
  • Voluntary & Community Organisations 
  • Commissioners 
  • Policy Makers 
  • Parents and Volunteers 


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Keep an eye on the #P1stConf20 hashtag for updates on the event.  


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