Community Mothers Roscommon: Volunteers Needed
The Community Mothers Roscommon Programme is a free service available to parents of young children. Its aim is to empower and support parents who have children in the age group of 0-5years, by providing peer to peer volunteer support. Support is available to parents both antenatally and postnatally. Community Mothers Roscommon is a home visiting programme but this approach will be adapted in light of Covid-19 by following the Health Service Executive (HSE) and National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) guidance. The support and empowerment of parents will be based on the best practice guidelines as outlined in MyChild.ie series of publications published by the HSE. Currently this information is shared by local Public Health Nurses (PHN’s) with parents. These publications will inform the content that community mothers volunteer training will be based upon. Volunteers will also complete Tusla’s Child Protection Training, which can be completed online. Volunteers will be parents recruited from the local community who will be garda vetted through Boyle Family Resource Centre. Successful applicants will be supporting the development of skills of parents of young children from a variety of backgrounds, with a focus on health care, nutritional improvement and child development.
Community Mothers Roscommon will link in with both Boyle and Ballaghaderren Family Resource Centre’s and Roscommon Children and Young Peoples Services Committee (CYPSC) at local level, for any additional supports identified as needed by volunteers while out on visits. The main sources of referrals into the programme will be through local PHN’s, word of mouth and self-referrals. The Community Mothers Roscommon programme is being made possible with funding from Healthy Ireland which is administered by Roscommon (CYPSC).
Volunteers will be garda vetted and full training will be provided. Due to Covid 19 restrictions “virtual visits” will be accommodated either via video call or telephone call.
The closing date for the Autumn round of applications & expressions of interest is the 30th November 2020. It is also possible to contact Community Mothers Roscommon by sending a private message to the Facebook page which can be found under: @CommunityMothersRoscommon
Contact Details for Expressions of Interest & Applications
Both of the Community Mothers Coordinators can be contacted below via the following information:
Ballaghaderreen Family Resource Centre
Contact: Colette Saunders
Community Mothers Coordinator
Market Street, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
Boyle Family Resource Centre
Contact Marie Shivnen
Community Mothers Coordinator
This is a volunteering role, therefore no salary is paid
Recruitment Dates and Training Venue for Volunteers
The next round of recruitment (Autumn 2020) is currently open and will close on the 30th of November 2020. Upcoming rounds of recruitment will be during Winter 2020-21, Spring 2021, Summer 2021. All training will take place in Boyle FRC shortly after the end of each recruitment phase. Dates will be confirmed closer to the time, all training will over the course of 1 day. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.