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The Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre is advertising this role on behalf of national Council of Jewish Women Victoria (NCJWA Vic).

Caring Mums is a confidential, non-denominational service providing emotional support to mothers and pregnant women. Trained volunteers are matched to new mums to develop secure trusting relationships. This empowers women whilst creating the village from which many mothers feel estranged.

Our service supports all mothers including those who are isolated, new immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, single mothers, mothers with mental and physical health issues, family violence victims or mothers who do not fall into any specific category, but just want someone outside of their inner circle with whom to talk. The program is also open for mothers who are not first-time mothers. We currently operate in the Cities of Glen Eira, Port Phillip, Yarra, Bayside, Kingston, Stonnington and Boroondara.

Due to the current pandemic, we have just launched our Extended Reach Project to be able to offer all pregnant women and new mothers Victoria wide, emotional support via FaceTime. We want to ensure that no woman will have to face the journey of motherhood alone.

We work closely with Maternal & Child Health nurses, social workers from: Melbourne’s maternity hospitals and the Royal Children’s Hospital and perinatal service providers including mother/baby units, perinatal psychologists, perinatal psychiatrists, local medical centres, PANDAand Child First (Orange Door). Our volunteers are often the ones to whom disclosures are made, or who are alerted to the red flags for depression, anxiety, neglect and other types of abuse. As our volunteers are closely supervised by professionals, our referral sources are contacted if mothers show signs of mental health issues. Our volunteers are also assisted in making notifications when appropriate. This two-way communication with those that refer mothers to us, is what makes our service so compatible to and welcomed by local perinatal services. One of our aims is to help create “the village” for our mothers.

We also create a sense of family for our volunteers. We provide them with compulsory fortnightly group supervision. We acknowledge the value of their work by having the supervision run by professional counsellors, social workers or psychologists.

NCJWA Vic prides itself in the difference Caring Mums makes to new mothers and pregnant women.

Duties of our volunteers: Submit an application of interest and attend an interview. Will need a reference check. Attend 20 hours of training running from 21/4/21 - 19/5/21. Training will be weekly on a Wednesday. Provide proof of whooping cough vaccination. Attend fortnightly group supervision regardless of whether you are seeing a mum or not. Once matched with a mum, the time commitment is to meet weekly for up to 2 hours for up to a year.