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NEST

NEST is the (N)etwork to (E)ngage, (S)upport & bring (T)ogether Parents and Carers @ King's. It provides support to staff with parental and/or caring responsibilities through a range of events, an online community, and by offering guidance and representation at strategic and policy level.

Our mission is to provide an inclusive environment for everyone to flourish by supporting all parents and carers, through informing and inspiring the Kings community, and influencing change. 

Throughout the year, we hold monthly drop-in sessions rotating across the various College campuses at which you can meet other parents and carers to share experiences, seek guidance or support, or hear about the network’s future plans.

The network is led by two Co-Chairs, supported by a committee, which we are always looking to expand and diversify, to assist us in our work, thereby enabling us to do much more to support our community of parents and carers at King’s, and to ensure better representation of our members.

Events

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Monthly Drop-in Sessions

These will run monthly from October to July, inclusive. Please note that our previous schedule may change and we will communicate this to our members via Yammer and email. Our drop-ins are hosted online, as we can involve the greatest number of colleagues, but we will be looking to holding some in-person events in the future, so keep posted! The Teams link will be posted in Yammer in advance of the drop-in and will also be published in the email reminder circulated to our subscribers.

NEST Coffee Mornings (Virtual Drop-in Sessions)

Thursday 13 October 2022

MS Teams

Monday 14 November 2022

MS Teams

Tuesday 12 December 2022

MS Teams

Monday 9 January 2023

MS Teams

Tuesday 14 February 2023

MS Teams

Monday 13 March 2023

MS Teams

Tuesday 11 April 2023

MS Teams

Monday 8 May 2023

MS Teams

Tuesday 9 June 2023

MS Teams

Monday 10 July 2023

MS Teams

Current Projects
  • Parents and Carers Fund Review Working Group
  • Flexible Working - with the Flexible Working Group
  • Paternity/Shared Parental Leave
  • Parents and Carers Fund replacement scheme - with Elevate & EDI
  • Carers Online Toolkit
  • Maternity/Paternity FAQs
Structure

Co-Chairs:

Pamela Mellen Lab Manager (King's Digital Lab) 

Em Fleming Head of Student Services (Frontline) (Student Services)

Senior Sponsors

Robin McIver, Deputy Vice President (Operations)

Kat Thorne, Director of Sustainability (Estates & Facilities)

Our senior sponsors support our network and act as advocates at senior levels of the College.

Committee

Committee members support the network in planning events, communications, and by leading on projects.

Jessie Hardcastle, Customer & Culture Manager (Estates & Facilities)

Julia Elliott, Programme Manager (Business Assurance)

Wilnaliz Gracias, Head of Student Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy (SED)

Maryna Whitehead, EAP Tutor (King's Foundations) 

Lucy Passmore, Pre-sessional and Short Courses Assistant Coordinator (King's Foundations)  

To get involved with the committee, please email nest@kcl.ac.uk outlining the area in which you would like to help. Any support (even if your time commitment is limited) is always greatly appreciated.

Resources

Further support for parents is available on the Parents’ Hub (internal only).

Further support for carers is available on our Carers’ Toolkit (internal only) coming soon.

Details of extra guidance and resources for both parents and carers can be found here.

Advice for parents and carers during COVID-19 available here.

Families under Pressure - these are some lovely short videos put together by researchers at the IoPPN and SLaM NHS.

Get In Touch

The Co-Chairs and Committee members can be contacted at nest@kcl.ac.uk.

Speak to the community of parents and carers from across the College in our online forum.

Sign up to receive our regular newsletter.

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