This project will be delivered by the charity RAPAR in partnership with Cheetwood Community School, and through a research grant from the Joint Public Health Unit of Manchester. The population attached to this school (approximately 520 children aged between 3-11 years) includes 98% of parents for whom English is not the first language, 45% of families where children are in receipt of free school meals, 21 different language groups (excluding dialects) and 20 different nationalities.
Using the community networks and intelligence that radiate from Cheetwood Community School, RAPAR members will foster the development of a lead group made up of parents and other local community members such as grandparents.
During the first six months, continuously supported by RAPAR, this lead group will consult among parents to draw up a set of priority activity areas that can address well-being and that can be developed over the remaining years of the project.
These activities may range from discussion and skills workshops about, for example, the challenges of parenting or how to put together an optimum curriculum vitae, through to specifically tailored exercise classes, gardening/vegetable growing groups, and groups that help parents to overcome barriers to returning to learn/employment.
Each activity area is being evaluated by RAPAR as it develops by inviting the people to identify what the things are that would tell them that their actions were making a difference: it includes devising baseline self-assessment tool/s and other evaluation template materials (including planning and review tools).