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Are you our new Chairperson?

We're searching for a new Chairperson to provide leadership for our board and executive team and, along with the CEO, to act as the public face of Sands in an ambassadorial role. Interested or know someone who might be?

The successful candidate will have highly-regarded senior experience in strategic leadership, financial management expertise, knowledge and experience in the not-for-profit sector as well as a strong and visible sense of passion and commitment to Sands and its objectives. To ensure Sands remains an organisation for bereaved parents, by bereaved parents, the Chair must also be a bereaved parent.

For further details about the position requirements and how to apply visit our careers page.

Breaking the silence surrounding miscarriage

Our CEO, Andre Carvalho, spoke with Daily Telegraph journalist Alison Stephenson this week about the silence that still surrounds the experience of miscarriage.

His comments were made in response to the news that Australian actress Claire Holt had gone public about her own experience of miscarriage to her almost 4 million Instagram followers.

Andre spoke about the power of shared stories in the public domain to raise awareness of miscarriage and to help others feel less alone.

He explained how Holt’s bravery in speaking out about the “taboo subject” would help others.

“Just by Claire’s action we have already seen thousands of people who’ve felt they like too can share their story,” he said.

“That in itself is a really positive step and I think that’s why it’s important to recognise Claire and (her fiance) Andrew (Joblon) for speaking out.”

Check out the article here: Aussie actress Claire Holt reveals miscarriage heartbreak in hopes women share their stories



Sydney & Adelaide volunteer training opportunities

VPSAre you a bereaved parent living in Adelaide or Sydney?

Has it been 12 months or more since your most recent loss?

Does the idea of providing emotional support to other bereaved parents and families on our 1300 0 phone line appeal to you?

If so, we'd love to hear from you.

Our Volunteer Parent Supporters play an integral part in the delivery of our support services across Australia.

Volunteers take calls from bereaved parents through a smart phone app - there's no requirement for you to travel or attend our offices for your volunteer shift.

We will be conducting a full one-day training session in Sydney and Adelaide as follows:

Adelaide - Saturday 7 April

Sydney - Thursday 12 April (city location)

If you are interested and available to attend,  please register your interest here

For more information see our Volunteer Parent Supporter position description.

Group facilitators urgently needed in northern suburbs of Melbourne

VPSAre you a bereaved parent living in the northern suburbs of Melbourne? We have an urgent need for volunteers to facilitate a monthly support group in the Thornbury area – providing emotional support to bereaved parents in a group setting.

If it has been 12 months or more since your pregnancy loss or the death of your baby and you feel ready to offer this support, please complete an Expression of Interest.

Please note: you must be able to attend training in the Werribee area on the weekend of 17/18 March 2018.

If you have applied for a volunteer position previously, weren’t initially able to attend the training, but are available for the latest training session, please email your details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.