PARENTS Online is an innovative digital project which provides free online peer support to parents and carers using an online chat function. The idea for the project was born in 2020, in response to a worrying lack of available support for parents in the Bradford District. This problem was only exacerbated throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Bradford Covid Scientific Advisory Board and Born in Bradford highlighting the huge and damaging impact on parents and families.
In response, The Cellar Trust and Brathay Trust pledged to combine their respective reputations and resources in both the mental health and family work sectors to deliver this ground-breaking new project. In July 2021 PARENTS Online was launched in its pilot phase, to provide free emotional support to parents when they need it most.