Volunteer

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The support services we offer for bereaved parents are provided entirely by volunteers, who each draw upon their own lived experience of miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death to help others experiencing the grief of pregnancy or infant loss feel heard.

Sands volunteers undertake training in bereavement support before stepping into support roles on our national phone line, email or live chat services or in our local face-to-face support groups.

We also have volunteers engaged in helping with administration, fundraising, and event management.

Whilst they come from all walks of life and hail from right across Australia, what our volunteers have in common is a passion for ensuring that no bereaved parent feels alone, isolated, or misunderstood in the grief they feel for their baby who died.

“Working on the support line has touched the deepest parts of my soul. You have given me the ability to create a legacy for my babies. Although they never drew breath or were able to create their own footprints, they are leaving their imprint in this world with every single call I take.” (Volunteer parent supporter, Lauren)

 

Current Opportunities

Perth

Melbourne

 

Perth

Perth volunteer training opportunity to help promote supportive care in hospitals

Sands is now recruiting volunteers in WA who will play a key role in ensuring bereaved parents receive supportive care at the time they are in hospital with their baby and in other healthcare settings.

Our Health Professional Liaison volunteers will be responsible for building strong relationships with local hospitals and other health care providers and delivering Sands' 'Caring for Bereaved Parents' presentations.

To fill this role you need to be confident to deliver presentations to small or large groups, and possess an understanding of the Sands community, either as a bereaved parent yourself or through another connection with Sands.

If you think you've got what we are looking for, or know someone who does, we would love to hear from you.

For more information:

Role description

To apply:

Please complete an Expression of Interest.

 

Perth-based training opportunity for future Sands volunteer parent supporters!

We're running training in the Perth area on 31st March for bereaved parents interested in providing phone or online support.

Our volunteer parent supporters are the lifeblood of Sands. They provide crucial one-on-one phone support (via an app on their phones) to other bereaved parents who reach out to talk to someone who understands what they are going through.

What does it take to become a parent supporter? There's no magic formula or qualification, but rather we're looking for a unique set of qualities (empathy, compassion) combined with lived experience to ensure that our services are available 24/7 to those who need them.

If you think you've got what we are looking for, or know someone who does, we would love to hear from you.

For more information:

Role description

To apply:

Please complete an Expression of Interest.

Melbourne

We're running training in our Surrey Hills office on Sunday 31st March 2019 for bereaved parents interested in providing phone support or facilitating local support groups.

Our volunteer parent supporters are the lifeblood of Sands. They provide crucial one-on-one and group support to other bereaved parents who reach out to talk to someone who understands what they are going through.

What does it take to become a parent supporter? There's no magic formula or qualification, but rather we're looking for a unique set of qualities (empathy, compassion) combined with lived experience to ensure that our services are available 24/7 to those who need them.

If you think you've got what we are looking for, or know someone who does, we would love to hear from you. 

For more information:

Role description

To apply:

Please complete an Expression of Interest.

* If you have applied previously but weren’t able to attend but you are available for this training, please email our Services Coordinator, Shannon directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to hearing from you.

For all other locations if you are interested in becoming a Sands volunteer please complete an Expression of Interest form.  If you would like more information on volunteering please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'd love to hear from you.