Perinatal Peer Support Volunteer

The aim of a ‘Perinatal Peer Support Volunteer’ is to provide emotional support to a mum or primary carer during the perinatal period. The perinatal period includes pregnancy and the 12 months following birth. The parent or primary carer will be experiencing some form of low to moderate mental ill health, and therefore considered as ‘vulnerable’.

Main Duties include: • Offering parents regular emotional support to reduce social isolation to help mum be more emotionally available for their baby and other family members. This role will require a combination of face to face direct work, as well as remote support over the phone, text or video calling using (ie Zoom/WhatsApp) • Observing how mum/carer respond to the baby and offer guidance on how they can better relate to their baby • Helping mum/carer take the baby and other children outside of the home so they can access services - i.e. health services, shops, parks and local community groups • Providing the mum/carer support with issues which concern them, for example by signposting to organisations or other online support

Skills

 Have an understanding or personal experience of mental distress, the emotional effects of pregnancy and birth and the demands of parenthood  Have experienced pregnancy and childbirth, and be able to empathise with the needs of families during the perinatal period  Have good listening and communication and interpersonal skills  Can speak one or more of the community languages that are spoken within the local community.


Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Must be over 18
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

Flexible working hours during Mon- Fri between 9:30 up until 3:30 Usually required to commit around 3 hours per week.


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