Volunteer with us

As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on volunteers to ensure we can deliver much needed support to women with maternal mental health problems in our community. 

Although we have two recruitment periods per year (spring and autumn), we welcome enquiries about volunteering at any time, so if you'd like to have a chat about getting involved, please get in touch! You can email or phone during our office hours (Mon/Wed/Thu 9.30am-2.30pm). 

*Recruitment will re-open in autumn 2021*

All our volunteers have access to induction and role-specific training, as well as ongoing support. Safeguarding training is mandatory, as well as an enhanced DBS check. We cover expenses for travel for volunteering purposes.

You might like to hear from our current volunteers about why they chose to volunteer with Happy Mums, and to learn more about how volunteering can benefit you. 

Application Process

  1. Find out about The Happy Mums Foundation CIC by having a look around our website and social media accounts. You can also contact the team directly by email or phone to ask specific questions;

  2. Read about the different volunteering roles that we have available and download the role description;

  3. Once the recruitment period opens (spring and autumn each year) you can complete an online application form (if you require a printed version, please contact us and we'd be happy to provide one). You will also be asked to complete a Diversity and Inclusion form which will be kept separate from your application until the process is concluded;

  4. You may like to join our Facebook Live Q&A session(s) before applying;

  5. We will review all applications and shortlist those who we feel meet the criteria for the roles. If you are shortlisted we will ask you to attend an interview (either in person or online). If you are unsuccessful at this stage we will provide feedback on request;

  6. Following interview, if you are successful, we will request references from the details you provided on your application form. If you are unsuccessful at this stage we will provide feedback on request. 

Induction, training and ongoing support

  1. When references have been received we will send you:

    • Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) form to complete and return​;

    • Details of online safeguarding training to be completed;

    • Emergency contact details form to complete and return;

    • Volunteer Agreement form to complete and return;

    • Details of induction and role-specific training dates;

    • Pre-reading for induction and role-specific training.

  2. When your DBS has been approved and your training completed, you will have a phonecall with one of the team to discuss how/where you will begin volunteering;

  3. Group Facilitators have a period of observation and mentoring prior to facilitating their own groups;

  4. Group Facilitators will receive regular group supervision from a qualified supervisor;

  5. All volunteers will receive regular contact and support from our Project Lead for Peer Support;

  6. Each year we host a Team Day, where consolidation or further training is provided as well as an opportunity to meet and support each other. 

Useful information

                  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about volunteering with Happy Mums

 

 

 

Volunteering roles currently available:

Group Facilitators

Women with lived-experience of maternal mental health problems who receive training and support to host peer-led groups in person, or online.  

Ambassadors

Ambassadors are women who have used (or are currently using) Happy Mums to support their maternal mental health, and would like to give some of their time to help Happy Mums reach more women. 

 

Group Helpers

Group Helpers are key to supporting women to feel comfortable at our groups.

 

They are there to welcome them, make tea & coffee, assist with completing forms and play with the little ones. 

Inclusion Champions

As we work to become more inclusive, we are seeking volunteers to help us raise the profile of Happy Mums within specific communities or groups of women who are disadvantaged, marginalised or minoritised. 

 

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