“The trainers created such a safe environment and the group really connected and bonded”- PIMH Volunteer Preparation Training

Congratulations to our newest Parent-Infant Mental Health (PIMH) volunteer graduates!

This lovely group completed the four-week training session today, which was delivered across a four hour session each Thursday.

The course was delivered by HOST’s Parent-Infant Mental Health team and experts from Tameside Early Attachment service.

The main focus of PIMH’s is around encouraging and developing relationships in the crucial early years of a child’s life.

All HOST volunteer’s will be invited to attend free PIMH’s training to enhance their knowledge and skills.

The course covers

Week One

An introduction to attachment theory

Infant brain development

Week two

The ante-natal journey

Thinking about baby

Week three

Birth and beyond

Week four

Support and reflection

One of HOST’s Social Work placement students Sharon who completed the course said,

“The PIMH’s volunteer preparation course with HOST was fantastic.

The trainers created such a safe environment and the group really connected and bonded.

We opened up about our own parenting experiences and how some of the content of the course triggered a range of emotions.

The four week course was really informative, easy to digest, engaging and interactive.

I have already put some of the training into practice with a family that I am currently supporting, including how to console and recognising baby’s different states.

I wish I’d known this information when my children were young, it should be delivered to all parents as part of antenatal care”.

To find out more about our volunteering for HOST and enrolling on our free volunteer preparation courses click here.

To find out more about our PIMH’s project including how you can access support click here.

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