Positive local social action.

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Enfield Voluntary Action is known as EVA. We help people & groups access knowledge, skills & resources to make a difference in our Borough.

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Workshops will be held across the Borough in accessible venues and, initially, provide a free 12 week course, with a crèche, called ‘Doing It For Themselves’. For those who complete workbooks and 10 hours volunteering in the 'Stay & Play' Group, the course is NCFE accredited. Participants do not have to seek accreditation to benefit from this training.

Mums and Dads, or other full-time carers, develop skills in budgeting and planning, team-working, safeguarding, leadership, conflict resolution, paediatric first aid, mentoring, and food hygiene.

All ‘graduates’ of the course receive a certificate and are empowered to set up their own weekly ‘Play and Stay’ groups for local parents, helping to build strong volunteer community networks of support.

Many small local community groups will provide venues and outreach opportunities to enable this training to reach as wide a cross-section of the community as possible. This social action training could be coming to your neighbourhood soon!

Projects for local parents in the London Borough of Enfield.

Enfield Voluntary Action (EVA) has been awarded over £388,000 by the Big Lottery Fund to provide workshops between 2018 - 2021 for up to 140 parents of young children who want to develop skills, confidence and community relationships.

As well as the series of accredited social action workshops (see below - Doing It for Themselves), the funding will also support 50 participants to move on to further training with Enfield Council and Enfield Voluntary Action to equip them to apply for paid work in child care settings.

Mums, Dads and Carers are DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES!

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A series of 12 short workshops to help Mums, Dads or Carers to START A NEW STAY & PLAY group

WORKSHOP TIMES (mornings) 9.30am - 12.15pm.

Free creche provided.

For dates and venues for the next series of workshops - see www.facebook.com/ EnfieldVoluntaryAction

Download the 3-fold leaflet (.pdf) for more information


Contact us to find out more.


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The Pilot Study 2015-2017

EVA has developed this expanded project after a hugely popular ‘pilot’ study between 2015-2017 has reached 51 young parents, who have set up 6 ‘play and stay’ groups in various venues around the Borough. Our cover photo shows a small group of some participants.

Many of these parents now have friendship groups and support they lacked previously. Some have also gone on to further training, employment and volunteering thanks to the skills and confidence they have gained through this engaging community process.

Quotes from previous participants

“ I definitely have learnt that play must be fun and more informative”

“I’m so excited to learn new skills to be a good parent and practitioner”

“I’ve enjoyed every moment learning all about safeguarding, play work, managing funds and emotional development”

”I have learned so much about abuse, neglect, how kids should be brought up. Thank you.”

“Honestly, I couldn’t have made it better”

“I will continue my professional development”

“I can take on more voluntary work as I am getting skilled in what I need to do”

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