Our winners stories…Tracey Allen, Parent to Parent winner 2017

“It was good to be recognised and appreciated by Winning the Parent to Parent Award, made me feel appreciated and all the work made it feel worth putting in all the work, doing courses and helping others.”

 In 2017 Tracey Allen was awarded the Parent to Parent award at the Scottish Parent Awards run by Parent Network Scotland.

Recognised for her support of other parent carers, mother of one Tracey spends her time conducting training and co-facilitating parenting groups.

We caught up with Tracey to find out more about her award win…

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a parent?

“My biggest challenge as a parent was accepting that I needed help and support.”

What has been your most rewarding experience as a parent?

“Working with other parents in similar situations to me and seeing how they progress has been very rewarding.”

Why is Parent Network Scotland an important organisation to you?

“It helped me move on and give me new skills and courses to help others. My background is community development which I loved but after having my son I left this behind. It has helped to get back to what I enjoy.”

What advice would you give to other parents or carers?

“Talk to others. Know you are not alone and know it’s ok to take time to look after you. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may find it difficult to take care of others.”

If you know someone who deserves this award in 2018, you can nominate now by downloading an entry form  and submitting to alisonh@pns.org.uk by 5pm on 13th April 2018.

Our winners stories…Kellyanne Kirkwood, Early Years winner 2017

“Winning the Early Years Award was my biggest achievement to date. It meant so much to me to have my hard work recognised.”

 In 2017, 18-year old Kellyanne was awarded the Early Years award at the Scottish Parent Awards. The award recognises young parents who have shown great potential whilst on their parenting journey.

Giving birth to her son aged 15, Kellyanne didn’t let motherhood stop her from continuing education returning to her studies just 6 weeks after his birth. Her determination and drive had not only seen her settled into the Young Parent Support Base at Smithycroft in Glasgow but she also received an award for attainment and achievement.

We caught up with Kellyanne to find out more about her award win…

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a parent?

“My dad’s death was the biggest challenge I have ever faced, not just as a parent. It hit me really hard and made me feel like I wanted to give up. However I wanted to continue to make him proud.

“Juggling education and a child was very difficult.”

What has been your most rewarding experience as a parent?

“Winning the Early Years Award from Parent Network Scotland and having lots of support from people telling me that they are proud and reassuring me that I’m doing a good job. Being in a position to inspire other young parents that having children young is not the end of your life, it’s a new beginning.”

Since winning, what else have you achieved?

“I left school with National 5s and 3 highers, and started at College studying Social Services. I plan to move on to University after this.

 

Our winners’ stories…Karin Tirevoll, Scottish Parent Award of the Year

“I was so overwhelmed and grateful to win my award and to be recognised for being a part of the community. Winning has made me feel so much more motivated and empowered and my passion is growing daily.”

Karin Tirevoll was awarded the overall Scottish Parent Award of the Year 2017 at the Scottish Parent Awards, run by Parent Network Scotland.

Recognised for starting a parent support group for parents and carers of children with autism and ADHD, Karin manages a group of over 400 members singlehandedly, overcoming health problems to do so.

We spoke to Karin about what winning the Scottish Parent Award of the Year meant to her…

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a community group leader?

“The biggest challenge was establishing the group and putting it ‘on the map’. My group has 400 members so it’s hard to engage with them all.”

What has been your most rewarding experience as a community group leader?

“Being able to empower parents and aid them with information that helped both themselves and their children was very rewarding. Being able to direct parents to the relevant sources of support for their issue and to see parents flourish was also rewarding.”

Why is Parent Network Scotland an important organisation to you?

“Parent Network Scotland encourages, empowers and motivates me. Their training is filled with passion and commitment to parents and communities. They have helped me to be the best I can be – and in the process, support other parents on their own journeys.”

What advice would you give to other parents or carers?

 

Our winners’ stories… Angelina Keating, Community Parent

“Winning a Scottish Parent award has changed my thinking. I now believe I can achieve things I would have never dreamt of. Thanks to Parent Network Scotland, I have a future.”

Angelina Keating was awarded the Community Parent Award at the Scottish Parent Awards, run by Parent Network Scotland.

Recognised for her dedication to the community, Angelina founded and maintained a community swap shop in addition to a peer support group.

We spoke to Angelina about what has changed for her since winning a Scottish Parent award… What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced as parent?

“My son is on the autism spectrum and we all suffer from mental health issues from our past experience with domestic abuse.”

What has been your most rewarding experience as a community group leader?

“Helping myself and my family build a new life by showing others it can be done.”

What did it mean to win a Scottish Parent Award?

“I was ready to give up as I ran into so many brick walls, but winning gave me the momentum to carry on with my voluntary work and my own journey.”

Since winning, are there any achievements you would like to tell us about? “My shop is now open to the public and we have set-up referrals. I have developed a support network for victims of abuse online and through meet-ups. I’ve also passed my driving test and I am overall happier.”

What advice would you give to other parents or carers?

“Believe in yourself, be committed to your goal and take advice and information given to you. Grab the opportunities that come your way, especially the ones that will guide you on your path to meet your goals and visions.”

If you know someone who deserves this award in 2018, you can nominate now by downloading an entry form  and submitting to alisonh@pns.org.uk by 5pm on 13th April 2018.

 

Our winners’ stories… Mark Bradley, Grandparents Rock winner 2017

“Winning the Grandparents Rock award was a very humbling honour. It has made me more focused on raising awareness of the role that both kinship carers and male primary carers play in their grandchildren’s lives.”

Last year, Mark Bradley was awarded the Grandparents Rock award at the Scottish Parent Awards. The award recognises grandparents who are supporting families and positively impacting their community.

Mark received the award for his active role within different support groups for dads and kinship carers. He has also raised his 7-year-old grandson since he was 3 months old.

 

Tell us more about why you won
“I provided support to other dads as part of the Midlothian Sure Start Dynamic Dads project, whilst also actively seeking out sponsorship opportunities for both MSS and for the Kinship group.  I am also a kinship carer to our 7-year-old grandson since the age of 3 months.”

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a grandparent?

“As kinship carers we have experienced discrimination and a lack of social acceptance. Additionally, bringing up a young child as older parents/carers has its difficulties.”
What has been your most rewarding experience as a grandparent?
“Being there for our grandson every day and overcoming the challenges that raising our grandson effectively as our own son has been very rewarding. I’ve also enjoyed providing valued support to other dads and male carers at Dynamic Dads.”

What did it meant to win a Scottish Parent Award?
“Winning the Grandparents Rock award was a very humbling honour. It has made me more focused on raising awareness of the role that both kinship carers and male primary carers play in their grandchildren’s lives.”

How can Scottish grandparents contribute to their communities?

“Grandparents can contribute to their communities by helping to provide support and promote awareness within the community which isn’t always provided by local government. Grandparents should engage with the third and voluntary sector, and always be a positive source of information and support.”
What advice would you give to a grandparent in a similar situation to you?

“Seek out support where available and never be uncomfortable to ask for help if you need it.”

Why should someone nominate an individual or group for the 2018 awards?
“Members of the public should nominate a parent or carer to show them that the service or support they provide is appreciated and valued.”

 

 

 

If you know someone who deserves this award in 2018, you can nominate now by downloading an entry form and submitting to alisonh@pns.org.uk by 5pm on 13th April 2018. 

 

 

 

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