Reach Peri-Natal Support Helpline Volunteering

Bristol MindLine and Mothers for Mothers are working together to deliver  a weekend out-of-hours extension to Mothers for Mothers’ existing helpline service, giving emotional support to women experiencing peri-natal/post-natal depression and their families.

We are keen to recruit people with lived experience of peri-natal/post-natal depression, either personally or as a family member.

Volunteers receive comprehensive training for the helpline and then work on a rota basis answering calls on Saturday and Sunday nights, 8pm-midnight.

Volunteers also have the opportunity to work on Bristol Mind’s existing general emotional support helpline service which operates Wed-Sun 8pm to midnight.

What we offer you

  • extensive, high quality training
  • be part of a lively team
  • regular supervision and support
  • travel expenses
  • the opportunity to develop your skills and build your knowledge

 What we expect from you

  • agree to work with us for at least a year
  • attend all the training sessions
  • work a four-hour shift each fortnight
  • receive supervision after you have worked on the helpline
  • attend volunteer meetings

Information on training to be a volunteer

Training to become a “Reach” volunteer takes place over 6 weeks, during which time there are 5 all-day sessions (9:30am-5pm) and 5 evening sessions (6:30pm-9pm) and 1 part-day session (9:45am-3pm). Prospective volunteers MUST be able to attend all of the training days and evening in order to be accepted onto the training.

Our Volunteering Information Pack gives a full outline of what you can expect from the training.

How to volunteer

We will be recruiting new volunteers again in early 2019. If you wish register your interest in volunteering please email volunteering@bristolmind.org.uk with your name and contact details, plus the name of the service you are interested in volunteering for (“Reach”).

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