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Lionheart Parents to work - Lionheart Parents to work
Last updated September 2019

LionHeart support new parents returning to work

LionHeart is to pilot a new workshop aimed at parents returning to work.

The charity has teamed up with parenting charity NCT to deliver the sessions, designed to help RICS professionals make confident decisions to suit them and their new families. Two pilot workshops were held in London in September and it is hoped the half-day session will then become a regular part of LionHeart’s training and development offer.

The NCT link-up has been devised after RICS professionals, particularly women, indicated in a LionHeart survey that returning to work after starting a family was one of the major challenges they faced during their career, and sometimes meant they ended up dropping out of the profession altogether.

Parita Mardania, training and development manager, said: “Some of the RICS professionals we support are telling us that they have worked really hard to establish their careers only to hit real barriers to resuming or progressing their career once they have a family.

“We hope this new workshop will offer a supportive setting for new parents to explore all their options so they’re in a position to make decisions with more confidence - and know where to turn should they encounter any problems. We already offer support to RICS professionals and their partners at key moments throughout their careers and into retirement. Becoming a parent is life-changing and the transition to becoming a working mum - or dad - can sometimes be a difficult one, so we’re really excited to be developing this extra support.”

The sessions, which will be delivered by NCT trainers on behalf of LionHeart, will help attendees look at the practical, financial and emotional implications of going back to work, including legal rights, childcare options and tips on transitioning back into the workplace after extended leave. It will also help new parents explore ways to stay emotionally healthy, such as the all-important work-life balance, setting boundaries at work and “babyproofing” their relationship.

Source: Lionheart