This year we will be staggering our recruitment and opening applications for each region 6 weeks before the workshop dates for that region. The regions we are currently recruiting for are Scotland and Yorkshire & the Humber.
In order to become a Bliss Champion, you must complete the Bliss Volunteer Learning Programme which includes self-guided online learning at home and attendance of a two day workshop.
The programme will give you the knowledge and skills to start your volunteering role with confidence. You’ll learn who Bliss is, what we do and how you can provide inclusive, tailored support to families to make a real difference to their neonatal experience.
You can see all the current vacancies, as well as future workshop dates for Scotland here and for Yorkshire & the Humber here.
What are Bliss Champions?
Bliss Champions provide a vital link between parents, units and our Bliss services, ensuring families of premature and sick babies can gain access to the information and support services that we provide. As an organisation, we aim to ensure that families with a baby on a neonatal unit for more than 24 hours have access to our resources and support. Bliss Champions help us make this possible.
Bliss Champions provide a key link between neonatal units and our family services. Acting as a named point of contact for families on the unit and unit staff, our Champions ensure access to all of our latest information and services. This can be everything from making sure units are well stocked with our resources to advertising our services and encouraging parents and staff to get involved with our work. Champions also act as a local representative, attending events and raising awareness of the work we do.
Who can be a Bliss Champion?
If you have at least two hours to give a week, the ability to visit local neonatal unit(s), a passion for what we do and the desire to support families, then you can be a Bliss Champion. Our Champions don’t necessarily have first-hand experience as a parent of a sick or premature baby, but all of them understand the emotional and practical pressures this can bring and are united in the desire to ensure that families receive support when they need it most.
Our Bliss Champion network
As a Bliss Champion, you will be part of our national network of volunteers and your local staff contact will put you in touch with other volunteers in your area. Although you will become the named contact for the unit(s) you are working with, it is more than likely that there will be a local network of Bliss Family Groups (in England and Wales) and Bliss Buddies (in Scotland) linked with your units. We encourage you to work in partnership with them and signpost parents to the Bliss services available to parents locally. In addition, we will ensure that your contact details are shared with parents and healthcare professionals in your area if they contact us.
Find out more about being a volunteer in our interview with Bliss Champion, Alex.