About ABC parents

ABC Parents logoWelcome to ABC Parents, a children's community outreach group for Enfield and Haringey parents and carers.

Having a baby can be wonderful. For many parents however, it is incredibly challenging, lonely and can be a very anxious time. Social or financial circumstances and a lack of support can make being a new parent even harder.

Our aim is to empower parents by sharing resources to keep children healthy and safe.

We do this by providing courses for parents learn about child health and lifesaving skills.

About our free courses

When you take part in our two-day course, you'll get to learn more about: 

  • Learn first-aid and lifesaving skills

  • Manage childhood Illnesses

  • Feel more confident

  • Meet other local parents

  • Meet our Child Health Champions and join our ABC Parents Networks.

  • Get advice and local resources for those with financial difficulties, housing issues, feeling isolated in the community, mental health difficulties and more!

A breakdown of what you'll learn each day

Day 1

  • What to do if your child is choking
  • Fever, colds, is this sepsis?
  • Vaccinations
  • Reliable resources for help and advice. When should you call 111, go to the pharmacy, your GP, Urgent Care Centre or A&E.

Day 2

  • Baby and child resuscitation skills and CPR practice
  • Injuries and accident prevention
  • Head injuries and burns
  • Allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Safe-sleeping for babies
  • Local resources for those with financial difficulties, housing issues, feeling isolated in the community, mental health difficulties - where to get help and advice
  • Finally and most importantly, your chance to ask any other concerns you might have.

Our areas of expertise

We are a team of children's doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and resuscitation officers who are here to help our wonderful local community. We aim to improve parents' knowledge and confidence when faced with minor and serious childhood problems.

Our two-day courses are for parents in Haringey and Enfield to learn important lifesaving skills for their children.

Why we do this: 

Parents who bring their children to our A&E department have told us how scary it is when their child is unwell and that they wish they knew what to do and when.

These friendly, relaxed and interactive sessions aim to help empower you to cope with accidents and emergencies.

We encourage parents to share their anxieties and together with our resuscitation officers, paediatric team and volunteer parents, we all share our knowledge and helpful resources. We later invite parents to join our ABC Parents support group to meet other local parents, share healthy living tips, arrange events and grow in confidence.

We provide: 

Child health advice - gain useful knowledge and guidance related to health and wellbeing for parents and children.

Opportunities to learn together - produced with local parents, we provide free courses on lifesaving, first aid and health to parents and carers.

Community support - meet other parents, build networks, share resources and get support from our Child Health Champions.

Course Dates

Saturday 1 Day only 9:45am-3pm

(Fathers, partners, and working parents especially welcome)

Saturday 24 September - Haringey

Saturday 22 October - Haringey

Saturday 26 November - Haringey

Address: Broadwater Children's Centre and Willow School, Adams Road, N17 6HE

 

Over 6 months old:

Tuesday 4 & Friday 7 October - Haringey

Tuesday 1 & Friday 4 November - Haringey

Tuesday 6 December - Haringey

Thursday 8 December - Haringey

 

Pregnant and babies 0-6 months:

Tuesday 13 & Friday 16 September - Haringey

Monday 19 & Thursday 22 September - Enfield

Tuesday 27 & Thursday 29 September - Haringey

Tuesday 11 & Friday 14 October - Enfield

Tuesday 18 & Thursday 20 October - Enfield

Tuesday 8 & Thursday 10 November - Enfield

Tuesday 29 November - Enfield 

Thursday 1 December - Enfield

Tuesday 13 December - Enfield

Thursday 15 December - Enfield

 

Enfield address: Community House 311 Fore Street, Edmonton, N9 0PZ

Haringey address: Northumberland Neighbourhood Resource Centre, 177 Park Lane, N17 0HJ

Please email northmid.abcparents@nhs.net for further enquiries.

 

FAQs

Who can attend?

The course is open to parents, carers, expectant mums and dads, grandparents or anyone who carers for a child in Enfield or Haringey [ONLY AVAILABLE TO LOCAL PARENTS]. Parents can bring babies; especially if still breastfeeding. We have childminders on hand to help parents focus and perform the practical skills.

Can I bring children with me?

Yes. If you need help with childcare please email us to arrange help. We are able to offer the creche at some sites but not all. Please email us to discuss your needs.

Babies under 12 months who are breast/bottle-fed and where childcare cannot be arranged will all be accommodated. We would like to minimise the use of the public facilities due to covid-19 baby changing will be available - we simply ask you to follow strict hygiene, wear face masks and socially distance at all times.

Please register AND email northmid.abcparents@nhs.net to make it clear if you need the creche as strict ratios must be followed.

Are these courses free?

Yes. These courses are FREE so that everyone can take part regardless of their income. Funding has been made possible by the Enfield Training Hub, North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health Haringey. We are very grateful for their ongoing support for our community outreach work. 

Do we get certificates?

Yes. This course is aimed to improve parents' confidence to care for their own children and other children in an informal setting. There is no exam or formal test so this course does not meet employer requirements. Following completion of both dates, everyone will receive a certificate of attendance and go home knowing how to confidently get help and manage an unwell child

Will you serve food & drinks?

Yes, light refreshments will be provided - teas, coffees, juice, fruit and light snacks. All refreshments are nut-free and we aim to accomadate for all dietary needs including gluten-free and dairy-free options. 

How can I get more involved?

We are thrilled to have met many caring and proactive parents/carers. This course was developed after speaking to local parents visiting our A&E. We want this to continue to be free so we are keen for parent champions and other professionals to help us to develop this community work. Please email northmid.abcparents@nhs.net with any queries, ideas or offers to support us. We thank you in advance.

How will your information be used?

Your registration information will be used to send information about these Child Health and Lifesaving courses. We will also email you resources to support you and your family. To keep these courses free and improve what we do, we review anonymously information you provide to ensure we are reaching parents/carers from across our diverse community and evaluate the effectiveness of our training. If you have any questions, please ask at the training session.

Meet the Team

Meet our Team! 

Dr Akudo Okereafor - Programme and Clinical Lead 

Belinda Okyere -Critical Care Nurse, Resuscitation Pratitioner, Chief Nurse Fellow, and Clinical Lead Specialist at the North Middlesex University Hospital.  Also  Co-founder of ABC Parents.

Deneisha Callendar - Interim Project Manager and Administrator 

Madeline Lenchner - Project Coordinator in association with Bridge Renewal Trust, with a background in Maternal and Child Public Health (MSc). 

Sarah Warsame - Health Visitor 

Raquel McIntosh - Outreach and Engagement Officer

Keziah Lawson - Outreach and Engagement Officer 

Drop-ins and Workshops

Breastfeeding Drop-ins: 

Drop-ins to receive information, advice and support for breastfeeding parents. Speak with a Health Visitor about any needs for support and meet our Breastfeeding volunteer champions! Contact our health visitor on 07977076087 or email for more information

Every Monday 12:30-14:30pm 

At Salvation Army, 339 Fore Street Edmonton N9 0NU.

 

Every Tuesday 11:00am-13:00pm 

At T on the Green Cafe, Bruce Castle Park, Lordship Lane, N17 8NJ. 

 

Every Wednesday 13:00pm-15:00pm 

At Culture Palace, 51 Palace Garden Shopping Centre, Enfield, EN2 6SN 

 

Workshops

Meet with our Health Visitor every week to discuss a variety of topics and ask questions about infant and child health needs. 

IAPT Workshops

ABC in Partnership with IAPT Enfield presents

Self-Help for Common Mental Health Problems – 4 Part Series

· Being a parent can be joyful, exciting and rewarding. It can also feel overwhelming at times and can have its challenges.

· It’s common to experience feelings of low mood, worry, stress, irritability and overwhelm

· This programme will look at common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety and how they affect us, and provide practical self-help strategies and techniques to manage better.

The 4-Part series will cover:

1. Low Mood and Depression - 16th November 2022

2. Anxiety and Worry - 23rd November 2022

3. Stress & Stress Management - 30th November 2022

4. Sleep and Relaxation - 7th December 2022

A creche will be available during the session.

Eligibility criteria

· Parents with children up to the age of 5 years old;

· Experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety and/or stress;

Let’s Talk IAPT is a free NHS, psychological therapy service offering support for a range of common mental health difficulties such as depression and anxiety, Panic disorder, phobias, OCD, PTSD and more.

To sign-up, resister via the link: https://forms.office.com/r/jeVhpPGRsy

Or please contact at

Phone: 07977 076099

Email: northmid.abcparents@nhs.net

Become a Volunteer!

Are you interested in becoming a Parent Champion?

We welcome all parents and carers, regardless of previous expereince to become volunteers! As a champion, you will have access to a network of parents for support and guidence. Additionally, you will have opportunities for training, including Safeguarding, Mental Health First Aid, Equality and Diversity and much more!

We also have our Breastfeeding Champions, traind through the Breastfeeding Network, who are able to support at our Breastfeeding drop-in sessions! 

Support local parents and help create the village of care and compassion we are striving to achieve! 

Ask any questions or sign up via our email: northmid.abcparents@nhs.net