Calling all parents in Blackburn with Darwen! Take part in the exciting Parent Champions ‘Kind to Teeth’ Project

by Beth Bradshaw | 10 May, 2021 11:50 am

What is this project about?

The Kind to Teeth Parent Champions Project is funded by the Big Lottery and aims to use a well-tested peer-to-peer method to share important information around oral health and hydration in the early years. This project will harness the reach of volunteer parents to share key messages around healthy drink options for positive oral health outcomes in the early years. The project is being developed in two areas in the North West, Knowsley and Blackburn with Darwen and is a pilot, which means we are testing the approach before rolling it out more widely across the country.

Food Active will be delivering the training for the project. Food Active is a small charity based in the North West of England which works to help make the areas we live in more healthy places for family to live in. We work closely with councils across the region, including Blackburn with Darwen, to do this.


What is ‘Kind to Teeth?’

Kind to Teeth is a campaign from Food Active launched in 2018 to help provide information to parents, health professionals and support workers to promote healthier drink choices for children aged 0-5 years old. We launched the campaign to mark National Smile Month in May 2018, the campaign involves lots of useful information, advice and tips presented in an appealing and attractive way. The campaign has been delivered in Knowsley, and you may have seen some of our pop-up banners and leaflets in children’s centres, GPs and dentist practices across the borough.


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Training outline

Day 1: Theory – An introduction to Kind to Teeth and Role of the Parent Champion

Day 1 of the training will involve emphasising some of the key messages and resources from the Kind to Teeth campaign, including the current state of children’s oral health, a focus on sugar sweetened drinks and top tips for healthy hydration in the early years. The session will also cover what services are currently available in the area that parents can access if they want to refer any parents to additional support for their children’s oral health.


Day 2: Practice – What makes a good Parent Champion?

Day 2 of the training will compose of a reflection on the last session’s learning and a brief quiz to find out whether the information from Day 1 has been absorbed. The session will then go on to discuss ‘what makes a good parent champion?’, how to facilitate an effective conversation and a series of practice scenarios. Data collection will take place at the training to feedback on the content and delivery.



There are two training dates available for 2022.

Tuesday 17th May and Wednesday 18th May 2022


Tuesday 24th May and Wednesday 25th May 2022


I’m interested. What do I need to do next?

If you are interested in taking part in this exciting project, please contact Halima on 01254 269284


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