Our Parent Gym Coaches are unique, creative, confident, warm and full of infectious energy. They care about the parents in their care and their children so much that they are willing to give them their time and attention for free. We are rigorous in the selection, training and assessment of our Parent Gym Coaches because we are fanatical about quality.
If you are a member of staff at a school or children's centre then please click here to read about our in-house training offer.
As a Parent Gym Coach, you navigate a group of up to 20 mums and dads through an action-packed workshop without them feeling hurried, worried or ignored. This is why volunteer coaches tend to have plenty of experience leading group discussions whether as a facilitator, presenter, chair or trainer.
We are now recruiting coaches in London, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and Brighton & Hove. Supporting parents to consider changes in their behaviour which will affect children's lives is a task we think is worth getting right. We hope you agree.
Improving the lives of children and parents
A chance to change the lives of parents for years to come so they give the next generation the best possible start in life.
World class training
Free three-day training programme for all volunteers who pass the tryout. In it you will be introduced to the five disciplines of a Parent Gym Coach: Credibility, Affinity, Spirit, Navigation and Individual focus, as well as encouraged to engage with the content of the material fully. This is based on The Mind Gym’s world class Academy that has been running successfully for a decade.
It can be a refreshing, invigorating and thoroughly enjoyable experience to share parenting stories with other parents, as well as reading the tips in the fun magazines.
Stepping stone back to work
The short hours of the Parent Gym programme makes it an ideal stepping stone back to work after time away, and can help develop skills for a career change.
The programme allows parents the fantastic chance to make connections and establish a bonding network, something which I feel no other programme would allow.
Over my first three terms I very quickly realised that the Parent Gym programme makes a massive difference; I've had laughter, tears and parents saying that their lives have been changed. It's been a wonderful privilege to be able to make a difference to people and to broaden my mind and stretch my skills. A whole new career has opened up for me as a result so joining Parent Gym turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made!
Parent Gym coaches facilitate sessions on a pro-bono basis. All travel costs and necessary expenses will be reimbursed.
Following a three-day academy of training, we ask our coaches to commit to running three Parent Gym programmes within 18 months. (Each programme consists of six two-hour sessions, delivered once a week over a school term).
Applicants for this role will be subject to a criminal record check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Our policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders will be made available at the start of the recruitment process.
Would volunteering as a coach with Parent Gym suit your delivery style? Here's a short questionnaire to help you decide.
Before you start, a few quick points: