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Perth-based training opportunity for future volunteer parent supporters!


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

We're running training in the Perth area on 30th 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.

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Vita Foundation Grant to train Volunteer Community Contacts from Queensland Regions

Sands has received a grant from the Vita Foundation to train Volunteer Sands Community Contacts from targeted Queensland communities.

This role includes being able to introduce Sands and our support options to newly bereaved parents in your community, including at Sands community events such as our Walks to Remember. You could also play a role in liaising with local hospitals to ensure they are aware of Sands supports and promoting supportive care practices.

We're running a one-day training at Sands House in Brisbane on Saturday 25 May. Thanks to Vita Foundation, we have a budget to subsidise travel for two volunteers from each of Cairns, Townsville, Bundaberg and Toowoomba.

Volunteers who complete this foundation training could also go on to complete training to become a phone or online parent supporter.

There's no magic formula or qualification you need to apply, but rather we're looking for a unique set of qualities (empathy, compassion) combined with lived experience. If you think you've got what we are looking for, or know someone who does, we would love to hear from you -

Brisbane lavish lunch-time high tea

SandUTLHighTea Square invite

If you're in Brisbane, we'd love you to join us for a lavish lunch-time high tea on Sunday, 31 March to help raise funds for Sands' Walks to Remember in Queensland.

Brisbane writer, Caylie Jeffery, will be our special guest speaker in the beautiful Garden Marquee at Victoria Park Golf Complex.

She'll be talking about her latest book 'Under the Lino' - all sales of which on the day will go directly to Sands.

Purchase tickets individually or get a group of friends or colleagues together to book a table!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Health Minister Greg Hunt announces $26 million to tackle mental health of mums and dads

Health Minister Greg Hunt has today announced $26 million to better protect the mental health of expecting and new parents as he hosts a national roundtable on stillbirth prevention in Canberra.

The $26 million for peri-natal depression will be available as grants to mental health and parent support organisations such as Sands, PANDA and BeyondBlue to develop and deliver innovative programs to bolster the mental health of parents.

Dedicated grants rounds will be available for perinatal mental health support, perinatal loss, bereavement peer support and perinatal mental health promotion and training.

Sands CEO Jackie Mead said she welcomed the announcement of the new grant program, saying that this investment in perinatal mental health and wellbeing programs will allow services like Sands to provide further support to more of the 1700 families whose babies will be stillborn before 2019 is through as well as the many thousands who've already experienced the tragedy of going home from the hospital without their baby.

"The future plans and expectations of parents are devastated by the loss of a baby, and often families will experience pre or postnatal depression and anxiety, often resulting in lifelong impact to their wellbeing. Good support and treatment is critical to helping those parents feel less alone and more able to cope with the terrible circumstances they find themselves in," said Ms Mead.

"Bereaved parents need access to ongoing suppport - we know those support needs don't end when they walk out of the hospital doors," she said. "We're very keen to implement programs that will ease the transition between hospital and home for bereaved parents, and to expand services to better support dads, too."