Peer Support Volunteer – Barnsley Support Service for New Parents and Kinship Carers

Location: Yorkshire and the Humber
Time commitment: To be negotiated

Families in Barnsley Central Area need your help and support. Can you help them? 

  • Do you have experience of being a parent or providing support in a caring role?
  • Do you enjoy listening, talking and sharing your skills to benefit other people?
  • Would you like to make a difference to families in your local community?
  • Can you spare 3 hours per week over the next year? 

If yes, then our support service for mums with new babies needs you!

Family Lives is a national registered charity with over forty years’ experience of providing parenting and family support to families. Our project began in 2019 covering the Central Area of Barnsley. Additional funding secured in April 2022 has enabled us to increase our service to support new parents across the whole borough of Barnsley. 

Being a new parent can be great but at times, it can be tough. We are looking for Peer Supporters who can support new parents with adjusting to pregnancy and the arrival of a new baby, whether a first time parent or bringing home a new addition to a growing family or caring for a young relative. Some of these parents may be struggling to find time for themselves, get out and about or meet up with friends.  Our Peer Supporters will visit new parents and families at home or in community settings. They will provide a listening ear, help parents to attend appointments, access community facilities, form supportive peer networks with other parents and signpost to other appropriate services. By building supportive one to one relationships, they will help parents through emotional and practical ups and downs to build their confidence and skills, achieve goals and move forward positively.  We work closely with Midwifery, Health Visitors and the Family Support Service. 

Being a peer supporter can be a rewarding experience and by offering positive support you can make all the difference to families. 

By volunteering you can:

  • Achieve a sense of fulfilment and enjoyment
  • Gain new skills to enhance employment opportunities.
  • Experience face to face work with families
  • Continue your own personal development with skills training and one to one support
  • Meet new people
  • Work flexible hours
  • Claim out of pocket expenses
  • Be part of a passionate team and have some fun along the way

Did you know people who volunteer are more likely to experience better health and wellbeing? Specific qualifications are not necessary for this role but you will need to be understanding and resilient. If you are pursuing a professional career in counselling or social work, this opportunity may particularly interest you as it offers hands on experience of working with families.

Apply now

Contact Lesley Brewin on 07971253308 or email Lesley for more information about this volunteering role.

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