Someone who has experienced pregnancy and childbirth, and is able to empathise with the needs of families during the perinatal period
Someone who has an understanding of mental distress, the emotional effects of pregnancy and birth and the demands of parenthood, and who is able to empathise with the needs of families during the perinatal period
Non-judgmental and accepting of difference
Friendly and reliable
Has knowledge of local services
Demonstrates good listening skills
It is desirable that you speak one or more of the community languages that are spoken within the above 3 areas.
-Peer support Volunteer's need to be able to commit to the Perinatal Support Service for 1 year.
-Volunteers need to meet with their family once a week, with a minimum commitment of 3 hours per week.
-Peer Support volunteer’s need to commit to six, ½ day training sessions delivered over a period of four to six weeks.
What’s in it for you?
Becoming a part of Family Action, the largest National Family Charity established in 1869
The opportunity to be part of a proven and effective service supporting families during the perinatal period, providing a rewarding volunteering experience
Regular training and development opportunities
Being part of a team
Support and guidance from project coordinator including monthly group supervision
The opportunity to be involved in group work, gaining further skills and knowledge
The opportunity to build a portfolio of your training, skills, experience and qualities
Opportunity to improve future employment prospects
• To attend the Peer Support Volunteer Training
• Attend 1-1 supervision every 6-8 weeks and group supervision every 3-4 months
• Undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
• To keep regular contact with your family as agreed with the perinatal coordinator
• Support family to access local services
• To maintain confidentiality
• To uphold Family Action values
• Keep records of phone calls and visits made to your families as directed by the perinatal coordinator
• Attend occasional additional training sessions as identified by the project coordinator following your initial training and induction
• To ensure you have an understanding of, and comply with Family Action’s procedures for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.