Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about becoming a volunteer for We Are Pangs. If you can’t find your question listed below, please email volunteering@wearepangs.com

What are the benefits of becoming a volunteer?

You will be part of a diverse team from a range of backgrounds so not only will you learn new skills but you will also meet new friends with a shared passion for perinatal mental health. You will be part of growing an exciting new charity from the bottom up, a charity that will be supporting parents directly.

I'm not sure what skills I can bring?

We aren’t expecting all of our volunteers to be trained professionals at everything. This is very much a learning environment so while you may not feel you have the adequate skills that is something we can help you with. We want you to get as much out of volunteering as you put in and if you are ever feeling unsure or have questions, please let us know and we will do our best to help.

Can I be on a committee and be a peer support leader at the same time?

Yes, we want our charity to be volunteer-led and we believe that those on the ground meeting parents are well-placed to help us steer the organisation in a way that will best help parents. In fact, if you are a volunteer and a member, you can access a discount on the training fees (see below).

I'm interested in being a volunteer Peer Support Leader, what do I need to do?

Our Peer Support Leaders run peer support groups in the community. In order to host a We Are Pangs peer support group, you need to go through our training program, details of which will be listed on the Events page and emailed out to registered volunteers. Once you have completed this training, you will receive a license to practice which means you are an official We Are Pangs Peer Support Leader. You choose when and where to host your group and we will list it on our website and direct parents to it. Every Peer Support Leader must go through an annual assessment and updated training will be provided as needed. We will also offer guidance throughout to ensure you are comfortable and supported.

How much time do I need to dedicate?

The amount of time you wish to volunteer is up to you, however we do ask that if you make a particular commitment to doing a certain task or volunteering at a certain event, that you stick to it. That said, we know life sometimes gets in the way so please let us know if you don’t feel you can complete your commitments. Most of the work can be done from home with a computer and a phone though we do encourage our groups to meet face to face on a regular basis to help build a strong volunteer community and help you to make new friends.

Can I access childcare while volunteering?

We are a family-friendly organisation and we encourage you to do what works for you. If you need to bring your baby along to a meeting that is fine. We all know the challenges of getting things done with children around so we aim to support each other as best we can. There may be events where children can’t attend such as training days. Unfortunately at present, we can’t offer childcare but this is something we hope to be able to offer in the future.

Do I need to pay for membership to volunteer?

We run a voluntary membership scheme that will give members access to a range of discounts on training, events and items in our shop. The cost of annual membership is £30 but this is discounted to £26 for volunteers. Volunteers who sign up as members also get a slightly higher discount than standard members. You do not need to be part of the membership to volunteer - membership is entirely voluntary.

What types of volunteering opportunities are there?

There are a wide range of activities you can get involved in as a volunteer. You can run a parent and baby group, host a fundraiser, help out at our conferences and events. You can also join one of our committees and help us grow and run the charity. Check out the Volunteering Opportunities page for more information.

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