Parent Power creates parent communities across the UK, each one supported by an anchor university.

Through support to develop skills in community organising and advice and guidance on accessing higher education, parents are empowered to make change to support their children’s future and ensure their children have a fair chance in education and their future careers.

The model gathers interest from parents, follows up with one-to-one meetings with interested parents, and then facilitates six weekly group meetings. Meetings are facilitated by a local PhD researcher trained in community organising. The parents themselves decide what activities will benefit their communities, such as tailored visits to universities for young people, visits from university alumni, or training on tutoring, student finance and university access. Existing Parent Powers in South London and Oldham have already won bespoke open days to the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Leicester; received training on student finance and university access, and won bursary places at private summer schools.

If you are interested in starting a Parent Power project, please contact Jimmy Pickering, Head of Communities, via the button below.

We have already begun work on setting up new Parent Power projects across the country with various partners. Below, you can view all current Parent Power Projects:

Parent Power Cardiff

Parent Power Knowsley

Parent Power Fenland