Host Organisation: Pure Insight

Parenting Angels provide practical and emotional support to new young parents or parents in crisis that do not have traditional family support networks

Opportunity Interests: Advice and Guidance Services, Advocacy Services, Children and Young People, Families, Health and Wellbeing services, People with Mental Health Issues, Social Activities, Social and Community Care, Women, Youth Clubs / Services
Type of Activity: Befriending, Coaching / Mentoring, Counselling, Providing Advice, Youth Work
Location: Cheshire East, Congleton, Crewe, Macclesfield
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday AM, Monday PM, Monday EVE, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Tuesday EVE, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Wednesday EVE, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Thursday EVE, Friday AM, Friday PM, Friday EVE, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Saturday EVE, Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Sunday EVE

Parenting Angels are a small team of volunteers that provide support to a young parent. The parents we work with all grew up in children's homes and foster care so do not have traditional family support networks.

Angels provide practical and emotional support to new parents or parents in crisis. This could be holding baby whilst mum has a cup of tea or making mum a cup of tea, it could be helping parents to understand the structure and routine they want to introduce into their child's life or just spending time listening to what kind of week the family have had. It could also involve moral support for mum to access a parent group in the community or the confidence to engage with other support offered. We also have parents who would really welcome having a friendly face accompany them to formal meetings. Its really varied and there are spaces for all the types of support mentioned

Young parents lead what support they feel they need so you are seen as a welcome friendly face.

We welcome all sorts of volunteers , you may be an experienced parent, you may have an understanding of attachment or developmental milestones.

As long as you are kind, non judgemental and able to build a trusting relationship, this role is right for you, we will ensure to match you in a way that plays to your strengths and comfort zone

We believe all young people have the right to thrive in their role as parents,

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

We welcome personal and professional experience so if you are an experienced parent and can share what you have learnt with a young person or if your experience is professional and you understand attachment, play or developmental milestones we welcome you all.

We need volunteers who can empathise with parents, who are non judgemental and understand the value of a kind consistent approach based on trust. We provide full training and on going support

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?: No
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: No
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Minimum as agreed

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Training and on-going support including peer support from other experienced volunteers

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Initial training to work with parents including safeguarding, boundaries, attachment, trauma and resilience.