Did you know that more than one in ten mums will develop a mental illness in pregnancy or during the first year of her baby's life?
There are so many reasons that we all struggle during this time - literally any pregnant or new mum can be affected and without support or treatment we may well go on to develop a life long illness - That's a pretty scary thought isn't it?! The impact can be completely devastating to the whole family.
However we know that if a mum receives support early, when she feels she is struggling it can make a huge difference - turning things completely around for not only herself, but also her baby, helping them to both have a positive future.
Are you a mum? If you are I am certain you can think of a time when you felt like you were struggling - you might remember the person you turned to for support? the person who listened to your concerns, who heard you, who gently encouraged you, who reassured you? Perhaps it was your partner, your mum or your granny? Maybe it was your sister or a friend?
Or perhaps like so many mums you didn't have that someone to turn to? As lot's of mums can't find someone who understands or has the time to listen to their concerns, can't find someone to be there for them when they need it so much.
We want to change that and we need your help!
We are recruiting a team of volunteer mum befrienders to support mums in the Scottish Borders during the perinatal period .
Our volunteer mum befrienders will:
Offer mums regular emotional support to reduce social isolation and to help mum be more emotionally available for their baby and other family members
Observe how mum respond to the baby and offer guidance on how they can better relate their baby
Help mum take the baby and other children outside of the home so they can access services they need - i.e. health services, shops, parks and children’s centres
Give the mum support with issues which concern them, for example by signposting to organisations that can help with benefits and housing
As a mum befriender you will gain:
The opportunity to be part of a team and become part of Nurture the Borders, the Scottish Borders first peer lead maternal support organisation.
The opportunity to be part of a proven and effective service supporting families during the perinatal period
You will receive comprehensive accredited training and will have an opportunity to gain an award in recognition of your achievements.
Support and guidance from project coordinator including 1-1 and group supervision
Regular training and development opportunities
The opportunity to be involved in group work, gaining further skills and knowledge
The opportunity to build a portfolio of your training, skills, experience and qualities
Opportunity to improve future employment prospects
Becoming a befriender is recognised to help you increase your own confidence, self-esteem and improve employment opportunities through their experience you gain
You will have the opportunity to make a difference to the live of mums and babies in your community
We are looking for mums to volunteer who:
Have experienced pregnancy and childbirth, and are able to empathise with the needs of families during the perinatal period
Are non-judgemental and accepting of difference
Friendly and reliable
Able to demonstrates good listening skills
Are able to give a few hours of their time on a regular basis for a year.
If you think you might have what it takes or would like more information - please check out our Volunteering page or download our application pack .