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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 don’t expect 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.
I have struggled with my mental health but I'm feeling better. Can I volunteer?
Yes, we want our charity to be volunteer-led and we believe that those with lived experience of mental illness are well-placed to help us steer the organisation in a way that will best help parents.
We only ask that you feel you have been well for at least twelve months before committing to volunteering with us in a peer support role as that work can be particularly triggering.
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 Programmes page, and will be 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 invest?
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.
What types of volunteering opportunities are available?
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.
We will share volunteering opportunities with all of our registered volunteers as and when they come up.
How do I register to become a volunteer?
As part of our volunteer recruitment process, you will be asked to complete an application form. This will help us to understand the types of opportunities you would be best suited to and to identify any opportunities for you to learn a new skill.
It will also let us know your availability so we can send the right types of opportunities to you.
You don’t need to register as a volunteer to run a fundraiser on behalf of We Are Pangs.