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

We will be recruiting new volunteers in the Autumn of 2018.

This training will take place over 6 weeks, during which time there are 5 all-day sessions (9:45am-5pm), 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. Carer’s / childcare costs will be refunded for those accepted onto training (see info pack for more information).

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

How to volunteer

We will be recruiting again the Autumn of 2018. If you wish to register your interest in training to be a MindLine volunteer please email with your name and contact details.

We will store you details in our database and contact you as soon as we have scheduled the dates of our next training, if we do not receive a response from you subsequent to this we will delete your details.


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