Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside (HOST)

Support and Friendship For Families

Parent-Infant Mental Health Volunteer

 

“It has been great having the three different professionals present. I have learnt a great deal and feel each gave great support!” PIMH Volunteer

Parent-Infant Mental Health Project (PIMH) trains volunteers to support families with a child under the age of two, or with a child that hasn’t yet been born. The families supported will be those who may be experiencing difficulties such as post-natal depression or other mental health issues, those suffering from anxiety or isolation, or those who are concerned about developing a strong relationship with their child. We are currently recruiting new volunteers for this exciting project across Oldham, Stockport and Tameside.

All volunteers…

  • complete Home-Start’s preparation course
  • complete a four week specific PIMH course delivered by Home-Start and from expert clinicians working in the area of Early Attachment
  • will provide weekly home visiting support to a family
  • will receive regular support and supervision
  • have the opportunity to access a range of additional training within Home-Start
  • travel expenses are paid

We ask that all our volunteers are parents or have had the long-term responsibility of caring for a child 24/7. Volunteers must be available to attend training and supervision and should be reliable and committed to supporting a family.

PIMH course

The four sessions will cover:

  • Attachment theory, bonding and infant brain development
  • The ante-natal period and how Home-Start can support
  • Birth and beyond
  • Becoming a parent
  • The stresses and strains on families with a child under 2

All volunteers are subject to enhanced DBS checks and must provide satisfactory references.

To start your journey now contact Nancy Bradshaw, PIMH’s Co-ordinator by phone or email 0161 344 0669 nancybradshaw@homestarthost.org.uk

Home-Start is committed to safer recruitment practices as an important part of safeguarding & protecting children & vulnerable adults

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