There are lots of ways to support Better Start Bradford as a volunteer, developing your skills, confidence and social circles in the process.
People volunteer for a whole variety of reasons and there are a range of opportunities with several of our projects – see below for more details.
Better Start Bradford Community Champions volunteer for a few hours a week to raise awareness of the importance of the early years of life and our activities through:
Could you volunteer a few hours a week as a parent champion for our HENRY project? You’ll gain great experience working in a team to support families, improve your CV and receive three days of free training. You’ll get ongoing support and know you’re supporting local families to live healthy lifestyles. For further information and an application pack, please visit the HENRY website.
Family Action run the Better Start Bradford Perinatal Support Service, providing emotional support to families under pressure during pregnancy and the first year after birth. Could you volunteer to join their team? You will get free training and skill development, great experience, and know that you’re supporting the emotional wellbeing of pregnant women and new parents’. If you’re interested please contact Jeeve on 01274 50534 or [email protected]
Home-Start Better Start trains volunteers from our community to provide home-visit support to families expecting babies and with children under four. Families will learn about early child development and getting children off to the best start through health and nutrition, social and emotional development, and language and communication. Could you volunteer to visit a family in their own home to offer friendly, practical and confidential support? For more information call Jane on 01274 666711 or email [email protected]
Bradford Doulas train Bradford women as CERTA accredited volunteer doulas to provide non-judgmental, consistent, tailored information and physical and emotional support six weeks before the birth, during labour and six weeks after the birth. Doula’s do not give clinical or medical advice or interfere with medical or clinical aspects of labour and are not trained as interpreters. Could you be a volunteer doula and support an expectant/new mother. For further information please call Bradford Doulas on 01274 223201 or email [email protected]
Read the evidence the national ‘A Better Start’ programme has put together on the value of volunteering to supporting children and families: