How it works

Building on the success of TimeBank’s Digitall project, Parents First will continue to help people get to grips with computers and the internet.

Young volunteers aged between 18 – 25 will support parents to improve their computer skills so they can play a more active role in their children’s development.  Parents First is currently running in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

How often do you meet?

You'll meet for a maximum of 12 hours over the course of 3-4 months.  It’s really flexible and up to you and your mentee to decide what days and times work best for you.  Most people meet up for

  • 1 hour a week over 12 weeks, or
  • 2 hours a week over 6 weeks. 

The idea is that you can fit in your volunteering around your own time and commitments.

Will you get training?

Yes, as a mentor you’ll be invited to attend a training session before you start.  We’ll provide all the information, resources and support you need to become a successful mentor.  Parents will also attend an induction session to find out more about the project and what to expect from it.

How do you get matched?

Once we've met all the mentors and parents we will match you up with someone we think you’ll get on well with. To do this, we’ll look at the skills the parents want to develop and where your interests overlap. We'll also make sure that you'll both be available to meet at the same time.