Peer Support Network Committee
What are we trying to achieve?
Many women experience perinatal mental health difficulties that don’t require specialist clinical treatment, however, without appropriate support, these women may struggle with many becoming isolated.
We Are Pangs is aiming to develop a model of peer support that will train local facilitators to deliver group peer support within the local community. This will allow us to host regular peer support meetups led by trained volunteers. Volunteers will receive a high standard of training and will have a point of contact within the charity to raise any concerns, seek support for themselves and to ask questions. Volunteers will receive regular update training and annual assessment as part of their ongoing role. We already have a training program and trainers in place to host it and a funding application has been submitted to get the first program up and running.
What will this committee do?
The initial targets for this committee are:
- Identify and attract people who may be interested in becoming Peer Support Leaders (PSLs) and adding them to our Register of Interest (encouraging them onto training once this has been set up)
- Create a schedule of training events for PSLs each calendar year including booking venues, setting up ticketing, taking bookings and setting up venues on the day
- Promote training events on social media and through partner organisations
- Create a social media marketing plan to highlight groups to parents once they are established
- Explore other similar courses in the interest of learning and best practice
- Make links with partner organisations and discuss ways of joint working or referral
- Source funding opportunities to subsidise training for volunteers
- Link in with the fundraising committee to raise funds for training costs
Once the initial training has been completed and support groups established, the role of the committee will also act as the point of contact for PSLs, monitoring training needs and annual assessments and dealing with any issues or concerns.
It is not initially anticipated that being on this committee will take up more than a few hours a week (perhaps getting busier closer to training days). This will be a team effort with tasks distributed fairly, ensuring that no one is taking on too much. We do ask that if you have been assigned a task that you commit to completing it, or if something comes up, to let the committee chairperson know as soon as possible so that tasks can be reassigned. This will be a key committee for We Are Pangs as peer support is the centre of our organisation. This group will have the challenging but also hugely rewarding task of setting up the first NI-wide perinatal peer support network which will make a huge difference to families directly.