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Birmingham, West Midlands
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Why not become a volunteer Perinatal Befriender with Family action and Barnardos two very reputable organizations dedicated to bettering the lives of children and families.

Do you have at least 3 hours to spare in a week?

About the service:

Family action’s perinatal support service is an early intervention, low intensity service for those with low level (mild to moderate diagnosed mental health issues or who are at risk of developing mental health issues in the perinatal period.

Definition of Perinatal: Perinatal is a period usually a number of weeks immediately before and after giving birth.

Family Action and Barnardos are working together to recruit and train volunteers to work with Families from before the baby is born to one year after depending on the need.

Barnardo’s support and protect children and families facing a wide range of issues. Over 150 years ago Barnardo’s promised to support those children in need to help regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour.

Family action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country. Family action have been building strong families since 1869.

Why we need you:

Maternal depression can turn into a lifelong illness if not dealt with and it is proven to increase risks to the unborn child and the safe development of the baby.

Supporting the mother, father or family where possible and the developing infant through this period is recognised to be a key time for intervention in order to mitigate the negative outcomes

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong communications skills
  • Enthusiastic and committed
  • Positive attitude
  • An empathetic understanding for parents and other family members
  • An interest in new born babies

What’s in it for you?

In return we offer Full training and you will be supported by Barnardo’s and Family action

  • You will be managed by a professional perinatal service coordinator and volunteer coordinator

  • Many of our befrienders report increased confidence and, self-esteem and improved employment

  • You will have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people in your community

  • As well as ongoing training and supervision to enable you to achieve individual professional goals.

  • Enhance your employability skills in the future

  • Travel expenses and Enhanced DBS is paid by the organisations

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Posted on: 17 September 2019
Closing date: 16 December 2019
Job ref: Perinatal Befriender
Tags: Social Care/Development,Support Worker

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