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Parents at UoM Peer Support Group

A peer support group for everyone at The University of Manchester with caring responsibilities for children‌‌

 

As part of the University commitment to Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing at Work, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team are offering staff who have caring responsibilities for children the opportunity to get together. This includes colleagues in same sex relationships, couples who may have used a surrogate and foster parents.

These are unfacilitated, informal sessions and, after an introduction by a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team, colleagues are left alone to:

  •     Share experiences in a safe environment;
  •     Hear about what has worked for others;
  •     Offer peer support;
  •     Discuss issues related to the balancing of work and caring responsibilities.

Please feel free to take part in the group and meet other parents to share experiences and advice. 

HR have recently composed some guidance which may also be of use:

Breastfeeding at Work Guidance
Flexible Working

You can also find details of places to express milk on campus on our Athena SWAN pages

You can find details of Welfare Rooms which can be accessed by all staff using the Interactive Map.

The ‘Parents at UoM Peer Support Group’ replaces the previous 'Peer Support Group for Staff Returning from Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave'. We appreciate how parenting can be challenging, whatever the age of the child, so we have expanded the group to provide valuable support for all working parents at the University.

The group will meet every month and we also plan to host specialist guests throughout the year. We also have a new meeting location – from January 2020, the group will be meeting at the Milk and Honey cafe based at St Peter’s house (please click here for accessibility information). The team at Milk and Honey have allocated a table for the group and the first drink is free (you will need to collect a voucher from the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion representative on the table before placing your order). We aim to be as inclusive as possible – babies & children are very welcome!

Please note this peer support group requires sufficient numbers to run. If you would like to join the group and be notified of upcoming meet-ups and relevant information, please email equalityanddiversity@manchester.ac.uk. You can attend as many or as few meetings as you need.  

If you would like to suggest recommendations on how you would like the group to better support you or any changes you would like to see (regardless of whether you have attended in the past or not) please contact Sarah Mohammad-Qureshi (s.mohammad-2@manchester.ac.uk).