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Becoming a Virtual Pregnancy Pal Volunteer with Parents 1st Essex

About Parents 1st Essex

We specialise in effective volunteering and peer support during the key life change of pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent. Pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent is a life changing experience. A happy and responsive parent means a baby’s development will flourish. Every parent deserves support and every baby deserves the best possible start in life.

Peer support has a unique and valuable contribution to make to mothers, fathers, babies, families and communities. Our virtual volunteers offer regular phone or video call support to parents during pregnancy and the early months post birth – support is adapted to suit the individual needs of each parent and can vary from once a week, two-weekly or monthly. Join our virtual taster session to see if this opportunity is for you.

The support includes:

- Being there to simply listen, to build trust and not judge
- Promoting health and wellbeing (e.g. encouraging relaxation, exercise and good healthy food)
- Assisting parents-to-be to prepare for the changes that having a baby brings
- Assisting expectant parents to prepare for labour and birth
- Building parents’ confidence and self-esteem
- Introducing parents to local groups, services and other support they might find useful
- Encouraging parents to take their time and enjoy getting to know their new baby
- Enabling parents to connect with other parents in their community for mutual support

What are we looking for?
No formal qualifications are required. Being a Virtual Pregnancy Pal could be for you if you are…

- Someone who believes people deserve lots of friendly encouragement during pregnancy, birth and becoming a family
- Passionate about enabling parents to give their babies the best possible start in life
- Able to help people to find their own way forward
- Someone who can really listen without judging
- Someone who respects difference
- Caring, sensitive and flexible
- Friendly, approachable and reliable
Practical Considerations
Benefits of being a volunteer with Parents 1st Essex. Our volunteers often describe their experiences with Parents 1st Essex as rewarding, enjoyable and confidence boosting. We offer the following to our volunteers:

- Free training and ongoing personal development opportunities
- Joining a friendly, supportive and experienced team of volunteers and staff
- Regular one to one support sessions with a member of staff
- Clear policies and procedures & use of a mobile
Virtual Event   
Mon 2 Nov 2020 to Mon 23 Nov 2020
Contact telephone: 01268525758 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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