Are you as passionate as we are about working with families in our part of Bradford to make a difference to children’s lives? There are lots of ways to support the Better Start Bradford programme by getting involved as a volunteer – and develop your skills, confidence and networks in the process.
The search is back on to find Bradford’s ‘Community Stars’ working with pregnant families or families with children under four. For the second year, Better Start Bradford has teamed up with the Telegraph & Argus Community Stars Awards to present the ‘Early Years’ Community Star Award category, which recognises volunteers who go the extra mile working with families in the Better Start Bradford area.
Better Start Bradford is appealing to families, community leaders and professionals to nominate now, to show local early years volunteers how much their work is appreciated and valued. Nominations must be made by 25 September 2017. Find out more here.
Last year’s winner, Salhia Ahmed, who supports pregnant parents in the last six weeks of pregnancy with Bradford Doulas, said: “I am so thrilled to receive this award. For me it is an honour to help women through a big stage in their lives.”
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 four days of free training. You’ll get ongoing support and know you’re supporting local families to live healthy lifestyles. For information and an application pack, contact Nicola on 07709 640454 or [email protected].
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? Training will be provided in the new year. 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. The recruitment for this project will start summer 2017. 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: