Meet a Parent – this scheme enables parents to create their own networks and support structures. The people profiled are happy to be contacted to discuss the areas highlighted in their profile or to be contacted to provide a friendly face and understanding ear. Find out more.
Parent Mentoring Scheme – an informal scheme enabling individuals to contact a mentor directly who would be most suitable to their needs. Our mentors are not trained counsellors or experts but volunteers who have been trained in practical mentoring skills and can share their personal experiences and offer support and advice on a range of issues around being a working parent or parent to be. Find out more.
Maternity Buddy Scheme - this scheme gives you the opportunity to be paired up with someone from Imperial who has recently gone through the same experience. Your buddy will act as a sounding board to answer any questions you may have and provide support. Find out more.
Babies and Bumps - New parents and parents-to-be are invited to meet other Imperial colleagues in a similar situation for informal networking and mutual support over tea/coffee. HR will be present to answer any questions in relation to maternity, paternity and shared parental leave. For further information of network meeting dates and details of who to contact, please view the relevant campus meeting dates.
Baby Einstein's Breakfast Club - Child friendly food, toys and books in the College Cafe every week day from 8am-9am. Miss the rush hour and join us at our children’s breakfast club!
Parental coaching for new parents - Coaching is a 1-2-1 process that helps individuals think through their options in relation to a range of situations they may be facing in the workplace. Coaching is a confidential and voluntary process, involving up to 4 meetings over a period of 3-6 months. Find out more.
Working parents and new fathers/partners workshop – these workshops look at both the practical and emotional aspects to enable you to develop in your career through effective planning and communication. The courses are free to College staff. Further information can be found on the Equality website.
Confidential Care - the College’s employee assistance provider, Confidential Care, can offer you support by way of a help sheet, which gives basic suggestions that could help your return to work. A free 24 hour confidential advice line is also available for practical and emotional support. For further details please visit the College’s Occupational Health website.
Occupational Health – should you need to speak to Occupational health, information on their service provision and contact details can be located on their website.