Parents and Children Together

PACT trains parents/carers to become volunteers to support other families in the local community with their children's learning.

What do volunteers receive?
A volunteer training programme for parents/carers living in Hastings and St. Leonards where volunteers train to gain a City & Guilds Level 2 qualification in Award in Work with Parents.

Training comprises of 4 hours per week fpr 18 weeks covering 3 modules:
  • Supporting parents/carers to meet their children's needs
  • Supporting parents/carers to gain knowledge and access information and services
  • Supporting and maintaining relationships with parents/carers

Volunteeers are expected to commit to a minimum of 20 hours support during their traning in order to achieve their qualifications.

What do families receive?
  • ​​A series of 10 supportive visits in their own home or access to Drop-in and Play Groups
  • Support from a volunteer to learn how play forms an importance part of children's learning
  • A range of stimulating ideas for activities to promote children's self-confidence and independence

To make a referral to receive support please complete PACT Referral Form link

To volunteer or take part in the training contact Jane tel: 01424 423683 ext. 34 or




"Attending the course helped with isolation and I built friendship groups. Given me confidence to take the next steps in my life"
"The Family Learning courses were invaluable to my children, we have learnt skills, bonded more as a family. I am very grateful to FSN!"
"I've learnt more about myself and others and more relaxed in groups. Discovered the real me! The tutor is inspirational and very caring. Being encouraged to volunteer has been an amazing and beneficial experience"

- Community Learning attendees

"I am started to volunteer with FSN in the Health and Wellbeing Hub in July 2018. In September I am starting a level 3 course at FSN through another of their projects and I am also looking into doing a degree in psychology next year. Once I complete the degree I hope to start a new career path and help others and work towards removing the barriers to mental health. The course started me on this new path and changed my life!"

- Wellbeing Hubs volunteer

It was really nice to meet other families In our group, in the same situation as us, "I was terrified to start with but it was an extremely fun day"
"My little girl has really benefitted from being with other young people in similar situations. She knows she is not alone and it's ok to be sad and angry. She talks about Nanna now a lot more"
"Dragonflies has made an invaluable difference to my son, I think he was in a dark place and Dragonflies has let the light shine for him again

- Dragonflies parent/carer comments

"I feel more open in front of other people now"
"I'm less stressed, more confident"
"I feel good about myself - I am amazing"
"I found people that have experienced the same, it's good to talk to them"
"I've learnt little things that I can do"
"It's helped me talk to people and to make friends"

- My Time Now young people's comments

2072 children and young people aged between 5 and 18 have been supported by Dragonflies since 2006, including:
434 who have lost their father
217 who have lost their mother
182 who have lost their sibling
600 who have lost their grandparent
346 who have lost a close significant relative or friend
288 who have experienced multiple deaths in the family
5 who have experienced pre-bereavement
and of these children 127 have lost someone through suicide

- Dragonflies Bereavement Project