Become a volunteer – working as a peer support mother
You will be a suitable peer mother when you:
- Have had postpartum depression, depression during pregnancy or postpartum psychosis, but have recovered well from your illness.
- You have a genuine desire to help others.
The peer support mothers are needed, among other things:
- To be group leaders in towns that do not currently have an Äimä group and as additional members for groups with only one leader.
- For peer support phone duty.
- To be chat assistants.
- To work as individual support mothers in new locations.
- To be responsible for arranging events (usually this is done by someone who has already been with our association for some time).
- To talk about the illnesses that are of Äimä’s concern and give introductions to Äimä ry and its activities in different contexts.
- To be a blogger for Äimä’s peer support blog or to administrating Äimä’s social media accounts.
What do you get in return?
- The joy of success: when you find that one benefits from your help, the joy is limitless.
- The volunteering is unpaid, but it is social, rewarding, and it develops interpersonal skills.
- Äimä ry gives training to volunteers several times a year – it is not necessary to participate in everything, but every training brings new knowledge and skills to the work of a peer support mother. Training, trips, overnight stays, and meals are always paid for by Äimä ry.
- Volunteers have the right to use work supervision 1-3 times a year, and more upon request.
How do I become a peer support mother?
Our peer support mothers are carefully interviewed, and they receive self-study material. Additionally, they participate in the next possible training provided by Äimä ry.
Please contact volunteering coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.