Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire


Start for Life Peer Support Volunteer

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Start for Life Peer Supporter

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer as a Start for Life Peer Supporter

The Volunteer Role

 

Following the successful completion of our volunteer training course, you will be invited to work alongside community health connectors to offer informal support to families starting as early as possible in pregnancy and up until their child is 2 years old. The Start for Life Peer Support Programme delivery is based on the Parents 1st Model, where volunteer peer supporters provide a crucial layer of support between communities and local professionals. 

 

The aim of this role is for you to walk the journey with parents through pregnancy and the early years of parenthood. This will take place in their home and community venues. 

 

Start for Life Peer Supporters aim to build the confidence and independence of the family by: 

  • Offering support, friendship, and practical help 
  • Developing a relationship with the family in which time can be shared and an understanding developed, providing a regular, reliable presence in that family 
  • Drawing on their own experience of parenting to encourage parents’ strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their own children 
  • Encouraging families to widen their network of relationships and to use effectively the support and services available in the community 

For more information about Parents 1st, please visit www.parents1st.org.uk 

 

You will signpost families to support within their community and where required you will set up support groups within the community with initial support from the Community Health Connectors for families to access.  

 

What we are looking for: 

  • Full commitment to the family(s) you are assigned to 
  • A desire to see families grow and thrive 
  • A welcoming, friendly and approachable manner 
  • A non-judgemental and supportive approach 
  • A dedication to inclusive practice  
  • An understanding of confidentiality 
  • An ability to be flexible and work as part of a team 
  • Good communication and listening skills 
  • Understand the importance of the work we do
  • The confidence to meet new people 

You must be: 

  • Willing to commit to 1 years volunteering as a trained Peer Supporter. 
  • Able to fully take part in the induction course/training required. 
  • Willing to commit to the Starting Well ethos and to understand and implement Action for Children’s policies on:  
  • Confidentiality
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Safeguarding
  • Health & Safety
  • Lone Working & Personal Safety 
  • Able to undertake all sessions of the induction course, provide two suitable references, and complete a DBS check at enhanced level

Training

Prior to starting this role, you will be required to complete our 10 week Parents 1st training course (10 x weekly sessions) alongside our other volunteer training and recruitment processes. This will cover areas including boundaries, having difficult conversations and communication skills.

 

 

Our Vision

Action For Children Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire 

We place children, young people and families first, delivering safe high quality services that empower and enable children, young people and families to achieve their full potential.

We play an important role in supporting local families in South Worcestershire with children aged 0-19. By providing training, advice and guidance the local Action For Children Starting Well team empower families to 'nip things in the bud' early and this limits the risk of escalation. The service places an emphasis on a holistic ‘whole family’ approach that will result in long term, sustainable change.

Our work includes: Children Centre services, positive parenting courses, adult learning, support within schools and communities to engage young people with their education and work journey, and advice and guidance to young people who are not in education.

What Volunteers Say...

I was directed to Action for Children by a colleague on my course and after an initial meeting and attending the volunteer training session, with the Senior Volunteer Co-ordinator, I obtained a placement at the Buttercup Centre. The recruitment process was really simple and the support received from my supervisors and others at the centre is fantastic. If there is anything I am unsure of or the parents are looking for guidance, I know who to ask and where to signpost them.

Annabel