Parent-Infant Mental Health Support Volunteer

- Have you experienced post-natal illness and would like to support someone else on their journey? - Would you like to gain experience volunteering in a professional setting, and receive training from health professionals? - Would you like to give something back to your local community? - Do you have an interest in early attachment? Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside have an established Parent-Infant Mental Health (PIMH) partnership, working with health professionals in Stockport. We recruit and train volunteers with an interest in early attachment to support families on a weekly basis in their own homes. The main focus of this role is to support and encourage families with early relationships and mental health, focusing on expectant mums and families with a child under 2. We know this early period is crucial in a child’s life, and support in those early years can make a huge difference to families and for a child’s future well-being.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

Home-Start PIMH Volunteers usually give 2-3 hours of their time each week, visiting a local family in their own home. Currently all our supprot is being delivered remotely, so you would be making a weekly pre-arranged viseo or voice call to a family. PIMH volunteers provide emotional support, encouraging and supporting early relationships using concepts and theories gained from our specialist training package.

We work with you, carefully matching you with a family you feel you can give the best support to and in the geographical areas that you request, at a time that suits both you and the family.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

All our volunteers must be parents themselves (or have 24-hr parenting experience in the capacity of step- or foster-parenting). This enables them to empathise and with families and provide peer support, parent-to-parent. They are friendly and approachable and can be relied on and trusted by parents to listen without being judgemental, and to respect the needs of each individual family, providing a confidential service.

Areas of Interest: Families, Mental Health, Social care, Social Welfare, Young people
Opportunity suitable for: Long term commitment, Older people, People seeking work
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Support Work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Talking to others
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces, Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Automatic opening doors, Lift to other floors / step free access throughout the building, Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside
Organisation Profile: We are a local, independent charity operating in Oldham, Stockport & Tameside - one of 269 Home-Start schemes operating in the UK. At the heart of each Home-Start’s work are our home-visiting volunteers. Volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face by providing regular one-to-one emotional and practical support tailored to each family. A child’s early family life is vitally important in their development, and has a strong influence on their future life chances. Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future. Home-Start works because our volunteers are parents. They understand how hard it can be. They work alongside parents, in their own homes, to help them learn to cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, confidence and strength they need to nurture their children. We also support families in groups, hold day trips and Christmas parties and help them to access local services, as well as lots of other support.
Charity number: 1135838