Volunteering with AIMS

"There for your mother, here for you... help us to be there for your daughters"

"We support all maternity service users to navigate the system as it exists, and campaign for a system which truly meets the needs of all"

AIMS is run by a small team of volunteers, and we always gratefully welcome more! Here are some of the ways that you might be able to help:

Write for AIMS

We are looking for writers with knowledge of maternity issues for the information pages on our website, our online journal and books. This might be a campaign themed piece, an information piece, or maybe a book review. Perhaps you would like to be an author of an AIMS book. At its heart, AIMS is there to provide very high quality, unbiased, women-centred information and if you would like to be a part of this, we would love to hear from you.

Helpline

We are looking to expand our helpline team. The helpline is run solely by lay volunteers and does not offer medical advice, but volunteers do need to have a good knowledge of maternity issues to be able to share information, for instance, on up to date research. Many helpline questions are focused on a woman's right to decide her place of birth or how she gives birth so an understanding of human rights in childbirth is also useful, although training and mentoring will be given and volunteers will be supported every step of the way.

Press Relations

AIMS would like to be more proactive with interactions with the press, and a volunteer skilled in press relations would make this possible.

Responding to consultations

AIMS responds to a wide variety of consultations, and people to add to the team to help support this work would be hugely valuable, and allow us to ensure that women's voices are heard more widely.

Technical support

Helping less tech-savvy volunteers with tasks such as setting up their AIMS email, or joining them to the Yahoo group lists that we use to communicate.

Running workshops, speaking at conferences and running AIMS stands

AIMS is often asked to speak at events, to run workshops, and to have stands at events and our volunteer team cannot reach them all. If you have speaking skills, or if you would like to run a stand, please do get in touch! Our stands must be staffed by at least one lay person although we are hugely grateful to the wonderful midwives who have supported us by doing this together with another lay person. The reason for this is that sometimes, women who seek our support have had poor experiences with the health care providers that they have encountered and so they need the option to speak to someone who is not a midwife or doctor.

If you would like to volunteer for AIMS, we would love to hear from you! Our email contact is volunteer@aims.org.uk

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