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There are lots of ways you can get involved with Pregnancy Sickness Support including;

  • Supporting women suffering 
  • Helping administrate the forum 
  • Fundraising 
  • Awareness raising 
  • Assisting with social media

Volunteer Peer Supporter

Our Support Network is growing rapidly and we are always looking to recruit new Volunteer Peer Supporters.

To volunteer for Pregnancy Sickness Support we require that you fill in an application form and our Support Coordinator will contact you for a telephone interview. We will then collect 2 references and you will complete our online training program.

Please note that although we encourage all applications, only women who have actually suffered nausea and vomiting in pregnancy will be able to support other women via the support network.

If you have not suffered with NVP or HG there are lots of other ways to get involved and help us. For more info click here.

Volunteer Peer Supporters work with sufferers on a 1-2-1 basis via text, email, phone or sometimes face to face throughout their pregnancy while symptoms persist. They may also be involved in assisting with the distribution of leaflets in hospitals and health centres as well as delivering talks and presentations on NVP & HG..

The Volunteer Peer Supporter will require knowledge of the condition.

Full Training and insurance will be provided.

Duties

Duties may include the following:

  • To provide support and information to sufferers and ex-sufferers of NVP and Hyperemesis Gravidarum, and their families, using text, email, phone or sometimes face to face.
  • To deliver talks and presentations on the work of PSS using the standard materials provided. Wherever possible to set out a standard display of leaflets and other information about PSS.
  • To assist in the distribution of leaflets and materials in local hospitals and health centres.
  • To gather details of people who express an interest in PSS in line with current data protection legislation and the requirements of PSS Trust.
  • To maintain a sufficient stock of up to date leaflets.
  • To liaise with the Support Coordinator on a regular basis and attend training, meetings and conferences where possible.
  • This list is only indicative, and there may be other tasks that may be requested if appropriate.

Person specification

For this role we are looking for someone with the following skills and abilities:

  • Ability to work in a professional and safe manner, maintaining confidentiality and integrity at all times.
  • Sound listening skills.
  • Experience of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy or hyperemesis gravidarum
  • Ability to work without close supervision.
  • Empathy.

Suffering from Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy or HG can be a lonely and emotional experience.

"The support I received over the past 6 weeks from PSS helped get me through what has been the toughest time of my life. Having someone who really understood the condition helped us through and crucially, at times gave me really useful information I didn't get from my own medical practitioners. In my experience, HG is such a debilitating and lonely struggle, the more support you get the better chance you have of surviving it"
Lisa, from London.

“My husband was amazing, and contacting Pregnancy Sickness Support was the best thing I could have done. It was hard to look at a screen for very long, so emailing, texting and even talking on the phone was hard but just knowing there was someone there who cared, understood and would text/email weekly (even when I didn’t respond) made me realise I wasn’t alone.”
Mandy HG Survivor

Volunteer Role Vacancies

In this section you will find details of current positions available with job descriptions, guidance notes and application forms to apply for the roles.

Some jobs will have specific closing dates, after which interviews will be conducted and others will be ongoing, with interviews following shortly after application.

Further training for the roles will be given on successful appointment to the role.

Positions are limited and not all applicants will be successful, however, volunteers with an interest and skills in a particular area will be noted and prioritised as more roles become available and the charity expands.

If you would like to volunteer for PSS but not in one of these specific roles, fill out the form at the bottom of this page to find out more about volunteering generally for us.

Volunteer Supporter

If you have had personal experience of hyperemesis gravidarum or nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and would like to offer 1-2-1 support to women suffering now please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
 

Forum Moderators

Our busy online support forum is in need of more moderators to cope with it's growth and popularity. If you would be interested in becoming a moderator then please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and specify on the application form that you would be interested in this role. 

Moderators are there to offer support, welcome new members, move topics to more appropriate rooms, and answer questions. They try to help direct forum users to resources and information within the PSS website. If a problem or concern arises in a particular room the moderator for that room will become involved and seek to resolve the problem or investigate the concern, reporting any findings to Admins. 

Duties

Forum Moderators are committed to keeping our support forums running as smoothly and as welcoming as possible.

This list is only indicative, and there may be other tasks that may be requested if appropriate.

Duties include:

  • To welcome sufferers and their families into the rooms.
  • To keep abreast of discussions in the rooms they are moderating and move any threads if they are in the wrong place, ensuring to PM the original poster to explain why and where their post can now be found.
  • To maintain a supportive and caring environment in all rooms they are moderating.
  • To direct members to relevant information on our website and to assist in contacting the relevant PSS staff and/or trustee where needed.
  • To watch for potential problems and work to resolve disputes and to enforce the rules of the rooms, removing inappropriate posts, such as adverts.
  • To investigate any allegations of “trolls” and suspected MBI cases whilst maintaining the confidentiality of all involved and to act upon findings by informing the admin team. In all cases of suspected/confirmed MBI inform a PSS Trustee.
  • To liaise with the Support Coordinator, designated Trustees and Admin team on a regular basis and attend online meetings/training if appropriate.
  • Work with PSS staff and Trustees to help develop, update and implement policies and guidelines for the use of the forum to reflect the ever changing nature of the online support.

Person specification

  • Admins must be registered, experienced volunteers for PSS and usually must have attended one of our training days/conferences.
  • For this role volunteers should have the following skills and abilities:
  • Ability to work in a professional and safe manner, maintaining confidentiality and integrity at all times.
  • Experience of group administration.
  • Experience of NVP/HG, or of a family member experiencing NVP/HG.
  • Ability to work without close supervision.
  • Level headed attitude and ability to stay calm and calm others during periods of drama or excitement.

 

Volunteering to support women

To provide one to one support for women suffering from nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum you need to have been through the experience yourself and no longer be pregnant.

Following the application and interview process you will become a registered volunteer and be able to access the online training program.

Once you have been through the training and feel ready you will matched with women in your area who require support.

Volunteer Peer Supporters work with sufferers on a 1-2-1 basis via text, email, phone or sometimes face to face throughout their pregnancy while symptoms persist

You will be able to change your status for periods of time if you need a break and ongoing support for you is available via the Support Coordinator and trustee team.

Quarterly feedback is collected via our online system and, should you wish to come, we hold an annual conference where you can meet the team and other volunteers.

To volunteer for Pregnancy Sickness Support we require that you fill in an application form below and our Support Coordinator will contact you for an informal telephone interview.

Other ways to volunteer for PSS

Although we encourage all applications, only women who have actually suffered nausea and vomiting in pregnancy will be able to support other women via the network. However, there are lots of other ways to get involved and help us with our work. In particular we encourage applications from people who have skills in the following areas:

  • Fundraising 
  • Awareness raising and campaigns 
  • Social media
  • Public relations 
  • Administration
  • Technology support
  • Leaflet distribution

We cannot accept referees who are related to the applicant. Ideally one will be professional although we understand that for some women they have been out of work for some time, in which case a personal reference by someone who holds a professional qualification will be acceptable. 

Volunteer registration form

To register as a volunteer please complete the form below.
First name *
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Address (line 2) 
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Email address *
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Volunteering

Are you willing to help support other women with HG? 
Are you willing to help distribute information? 
Are you willing to help with fundraising? 
Please select any skills you have that might be useful 
Please tell us why you want to volunteer *

Referees

Please provide two references to support your application. Ideally one should be professional/educational (referees cannot be related to you)
Referee 1: Name *
Referee 1: Email address *
Referee 1: Telephone *
Referee 1: Relationship to applicant *
Referee 2: Name *
Referee 2: Email address *
Referee 2: Telephone *
Referee 2: Relationship to applicant *

Interview

If there are any times you are not available for interview please give details 

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