Parents Educating Parents (PEP)
We'd like to warmly introduce you to our parent volunteers
Nadia Mihai, Alida Preotescu, Amel Belhadj, Lidia Botosan and Nadia Sakhi
Our PEP parents are an integral part of the school and provide support to our community of parents, especially for those where English is not the first language. We currently have five PEP parents who between them can speak: Arabic, French, Romanian, Pashto, Dari, Urdu and Hindi.
These parents are volunteers who have committed to supporting the school on a regular basis. Over the coming months they will: plan and deliver workshops, provide home language support where necessary to our parents and children, update the parent board in the playground and update the PEP section on the school website.
Please feel free to speak to any of our volunteers to find out more about the work they do and feel free to approach them if you need support. They can be clearly identified by their ‘purple volunteer lanyards’.
Mrs N. Patel
A message from our parent volunteers
We are part of PEP (Parents Educating Parents), a group of five parents from different communities (Romanian, Arabic and Afghani). We are volunteers who try to be a link between parents and the school.
We will support Camrose to deliver workshops that will be beneficial for parents and their children.
If you need help you can always approach us in the playground. We are easily recognised as we will be wearing volunteer lanyards and we are always happy to help.
READ about our PEP parents Achievements and successes
The first step I took was to become a PEP volunteer at Camrose Primary School. This gave me self-confidence. I then started to attend some courses like the online parenting program. I have completed an English Level 3 speaking/listening, reading and writing course and am currently attending a Functional English Level 3 course and working towards a Certificate of Learning Support Assistant.
Since joining the PEP group, I have grown in confidence and have successfully secured employment for 3 days locally. I have completed a face-to-face domestic violence and abuse course and five weeks ago I joined the 'Parenting and Nurturing programme' which was advertised by Camrose Primary School. This is a 10 week course and I have learnt how to deal with my children effectively, with empathy, guidance and without criticism. I would like to encourage others to join these types of courses in order to improve your relationship with your child.
As a PEP volunteer, I have had the opportunity to understand the school better which means I can help my children better and support parents in my role as a PEP parent. On the professional side, it has helped me gain confidence in finding a new job, one that I love doing. In organising PEP workshops and events, I learnt how to interact with people, something I continue to do in my new role as a Health Ambassador.
My name is Nadia Mihai and I have started volunteering with Camrose Primary school in 2018. My volunteer work and the support that I have received from Neena Patel (EAL Leader) and the school has helped me to regain my confidence in myself, it reminded me of what I can do and want to do in life. When I looked for employment I was supported by offering me references and always encouraging me. Now I’m a co-founder for an organisation that offers free advice and support to vulnerable people from Romanian and eastern communities. I’m very grateful for all the support, guidance and encouragement given to me.
Nadia Mohammad (Sakhi)
My name is Nadia Mohammad and I am from Afghanistan. I have four children. My first lanuage is Dari but I can speak Pashto Urdu, Hindi and English. When I came to Camrose Primary School for volunteering I was not working but now I am a voluntary Teaching Assistant at Dale Avenue Nursery. I am also going to College 3 days a week to improve my English Language and I attend ESOL classes at Camrose for English, it started in February. My life has now changed because of my seniors. I also have very good confidence with very good experience as volunteer at Camrose and Dale Avenue. I sincerely, thank everyone who helped me with all the things I struggled with. Thank you
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