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.




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