What is the ACL

Parent Ambassador Programme?

ACL’s Parent Ambassador programme aims to improve the lives of families living in Essex. Parent Ambassadors will volunteer in schools and community venues, whilst developing new skills to support others. Through the programme, Parent Ambassadors will be able to positively influence families to engage with learning opportunities, improve wellbeing, and raise aspirations.

This is a pilot scheme for parents, grandparents or carers who have children that attend schools in the Basildon, Harlow, Tendring or Colchester area. If you’re interested in becoming a Parent Ambassador, please complete the form on this page.

Be part of a caring and compassionate team

Gain experience that can lead to information, advice and guidance related employment

Gain key skills to support others

Build your confidence, experience and knowledge supporting others in the community

Training and day to day support provided

Become an Ambassador

If you are interested in joining the Parent Ambassador Programme, leave your details below.

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What would be required of you as a Parent Ambassador?

Following your initial induction, you will undertake a free 13-week bespoke programme to support you in your new role, whilst actively engaging with your school community. You will be expected to dedicate 5 hours per week to this new and exciting role.

Free training could include:

  • Digital literacy
  • Employability
  • Enterprise skills
  • Interview and study skills
  • Communication skills
  • Working in a team
  • Self-management skills
  • Personal goal setting
  • Social media
  • Mental health
  • Active listening and types of questioning
  • Other information, advice and guidance training

Required training will be completed whilst you engage with your local school community. This engagement activity could involve organising events, activities and discussing the range of learning opportunities available to your peers.

We will provide full support and materials to support you both with training and whilst you are volunteering as a Parent Ambassador.

Meet a

Parent Ambassador

Why is supporting families in your local area important?

As a parent and grandparent of children who attend my local school, I’m already invested in this school and know how important the school community is. At this current time schools have worked so hard but need extra help. By signing up to be a Parent Ambassador I feel like I can really make the difference to my local school.

What have you gained from being a Parent Ambassador?

Following the Parent Ambassador programme I’ve made connections within my children’s school. I’ve learnt many skills that you can transfer to another volunteering project, gaining a new job or changing your job or even starting my own business. I now have the confidence and skills to do whatever you wish to do.

How does this fit around your family life?

This role is based around school hours. I already attend regular meetings at the school and this is an extension of those. I speak to other parents in the playground during school drop off and pick up times. This role is very flexible so any parent can make it work for them.

How easy was it to sign up to become a Parent Ambassador?

It was a very simple form on the webpage, and I was contacted by the team. We then arranged an informal chat to make sure that I had all the information I needed. I felt that my views on how we could support families in my local area were listened to.

Family Learning Courses

As part of your role of a Parent Ambassador you will be promoting our wide range of free opportunities for families living in Essex. Our courses offer families guided support and tips on keeping children emotionally well, in addition to improving parents’ or carers’ ability to support their child(ren)’s overall development.