TinyLife Family Support Volunteers


TinyLife is Northern Ireland's premature and vulnerable baby charity committed to ensuring that all families who have experienced the birth of a baby requiring special or intensive care get all the help they need.

TinyLife family support volunteers play a vital role in providing practical and emotional support to parents and make a real impact on the lives of premature and ill babies and their families. Even a few hours of your each week will make a huge difference.

Family support volunteers lend a hand in a variety of ways such as:

  • helping parents with hospital visits while their baby is in neonatal care
  • visiting families in their own homes to provide practical support in caring for the new baby
  • helping and playing with siblings
  • providing a listening ear and reassurance for parents during what can be a very stressful and difficult time in their lives

Comprehensive training is provided - all family support volunteers complete an induction training programme covering topics such as:

  • Premature Birth & Illness in babies
  • The role of a TinyLife volunteer
  • Family Life: Living with an ill baby
  • Child Protection
  • First Aid for babies
  • Child Accident prevention
  • Commitment & Boundaries
  • Confidentiality

You will have regular contact and monthly support meetings with a designated member of the TinyLife Family Support team and have the chance to attend ongoing training and social events.  You will also be reimbursed for travel expenses each month.

 

 


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