Start for Life Peer Supporter

Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils
Town Hall, Redditch, B98 8AH
Closing date
31 Dec 2023

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Charities / Voluntary
Job Type
Childcare, Community, Voluntary
Contract Type
Working Pattern

Job Details

About us

The Starting Well Partnership has delivered public health nursing services for children, young people, and families across Worcestershire since April 2020.

The Partnership, which is led by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and includes Barnardo’s, Action for Children, and Redditch Borough Council, brings together a range of teams from health visitors, specialist nursery nurses, breastfeeding support, school health nurses, early help services and support for children who require more specialist care. They support ‘parents to be’ and their children during the early years and will ensure young people’s health needs are met as they move through school towards adulthood. Starting Well Family Hubs in each of the county’s six districts offer a range of support including parenting groups.

The role

Start for Life Peer Supporter Volunteer Role Description

If you are a parent/carer, grandparent, someone with parenting experience or you wish to pursue a career working with families, this could be the role for you. Following the successful completion of our training course, you will be invited to work alongside community health connectors to offer informal support to women and their partners starting as early as possible in pregnancy and up until their child is 2.

The Start for Life Peer Support Programme delivery is based on the Parents 1st Model, where volunteer peer supporters provide a crucial layer of support between communities and local professionals. The aim of this role is for you to walk the journey with parents through pregnancy and the early years of parenthood. This will take place in their home and community venues. Start for Life Peer Supporters aim to build the confidence and independence of the family by:

• Offering support, friendship, and practical help

• Developing a relationship with the family in which time can be shared and an understanding developed, providing a regular, reliable presence in that family

• Drawing on their own experience of parenting to encourage parents’ strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their own children

• Encouraging families to widen their network of relationships and to use effectively the support and services available in the community

For more information about Parents 1st, please visit You will signpost families to support within their community and where required you will set up support groups within the community with initial support from the Community Health Connectors for families to access.

Additional information

We ask all our volunteers to offer a year’s commitment to us where possible, however we strive to be inclusive to all applicant’s dependent on their circumstances and will be accessible to all members of the community aged 18 or above.

Before starting your volunteering, you will be invited to attend an induction course appropriate to your volunteer role. The length of the course will be dependent on the preferred pathway.

A satisfactory enhanced DBS check along with medical clearance and two references will be required prior to the commencement of any placement.

All prospective volunteers will be interviewed on an equal opportunities’ basis. Placements will seek to match volunteer’s skills, talents, and interests with their own specific needs.

Please note there is no closing date for this Volunteer Opportunity.

Applications will be checked on a weekly basis, once you have applied someone the volunteer coordinator will contact you to take you through the next steps.

Information on all our volunteering roles and frequently asked questions can be found on the Starting Well website:
Frequently Asked Questions | Starting Well (

For more information about this volunteering opportunity, please contact:
Tracy Ames contact details on 07768307628
or email

Supporting documents
Start for Life Peer Supporter Volunteer Role Description- May 22 (002).docx
Volunteering leaflet - Start for Life Volunteers.docx


From Monday 11th December an exciting change is happening for us as an organisation - we will be implementing a new system which will improve your candidate experience! To access your candidate portal for our new system, head to 

If you have an application in progress with us on, or after, Monday 11th December – don’t worry, this will continue as it normally would and there will be no impact on your application or the process. More information on our new and improved system will be coming soon, so keep an eye on the WMJobs help pages

Working for Us

Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils are neighbouring authorities with big ambitions, each assert their own distinct political priorities, customer needs, as well as actively committing to equality and diversity.

As host authority, we work closely with Worcestershire Regulatory Services and other partner organisations to make sure our residents get the best services possible.

If you're looking for temporary work, WMTemps is the official provider of temporary jobs for Bromsgrove and Redditch councils and their dedicated recruitment teams work directly with us to fill vacancies across a number of council departments including business support & administration, housing, building services, executive, HR, finance, technical and industrial. Click here to find out more. 

Where we are we?

We are located in the Northeast of Worcestershire, between Herefordshire and Warwickshire. We are accessible from major motorways, trains and bus services.

We pride ourselves on being a progressive organisation, employing around 1000 employees, both council’s working together have successfully shared services, including a single management team and joint chief executive, whilst maintaining their own unique identities and providing high quality, cost effective services that are responsive to our customer needs.

Why choose us?

The commitment we have for our staff is the reason why we are always looking to recruit, develop and retain the very best talent. For this reason, in addition to a satisfying job, we can offer all our staff a range of benefits including pension, generous leave entitlement, flexible working and salary sacrifice schemes.

We pride ourselves in having motivated staff, who enjoy working for us; there is a diverse range of career options, whichever function you choose, you can be sure of a rewarding career in a progressive and fast paced environment.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who can demonstrate they meet the minimum essential criteria for the vacancy

We welcome applications from members of the Armed Forces

Our Strategic objectives:

  • Help me live my life independently (including health and activity) 
  • Keep my place safe and looking good
  • Help me find somewhere to live in my locality
  • Help me run a successful business
  • Help me to be financially independent (including education & skills)
  • Provide good things to see, do and visit Enabling

Further information on Bromsgrove District Council and Redditch Borough Council can be found on our websites: or


Company info
Town Hall
Walter Stranz Square
B98 8AH
United Kingdom

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