"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.
In order to volunteer you need to be a member of AIMS, but we are able to offer a reduced rate if paying the full fee would be a problem for you.
Here are some of the ways that you might be able to help, but there are also details of specific vacancies here
The Website group is responsible for updating and extending content on our website. We need volunteers to write and edit content including our “Birth Information” articles and to keep the website up-to-date with information about campaigns, events etc.
The Journal group publish the online AIMS Journal four times a year. Their work includes planning themes and topics, identifying authors for articles and reviews, organising peer reviews, proofreading and editing articles.
The Publications group manages the publication of AIMS books. Volunteers are needed to help with liaising with and supporting authors during the writing, co-ordinating volunteer review of works in progress, planning for publication and launch, and organising publicity and marketing for AIMS titles. We have a well-established process for publications and will provide training and support.
The Helpline group is a small group of volunteers who respond to email and phone queries from individual maternity service users and their supporters. They do not offer medical advice but provide evidence-based information and suggestions for navigating the maternity service. Volunteers need to be lay people (i.e. not current or former healthcare professionals) who have a good knowledge of maternity issues and who have had training and experience in supporting mothers, for example as a doula, antenatal teacher or breastfeeding counsellor. Training and mentoring is given and Volunteers will be supported every step of the way.
Campaign for AIMS
We often need people to form small workgroups, for example to prepare AIMS’ responses to public consultations or to help organise specific campaigns. This role may suit people who are already birth activists or simply have a passion to help us make sure that women’s voices are heard.
Write for AIMS
We are always looking for writers with knowledge of maternity issues for the information pages on our website, our online journal and AIMS publications. This might be a campaign themed piece, an information piece, or 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.
AIMS is often asked to provide speakers, to run workshops, and to have stands at events. This frequently enables volunteers to attend the conference sessions free of charge. If you have public speaking skills, or if you would like to run a stand, please do get in touch.
AIMS would like to be more proactive with interactions with the press, and a volunteer skilled in press relations would make this possible.
Help us to keep AIMS running
We also need volunteers to help us with the administrative functions that keep the charity running smoothly. This includes roles like managing membership renewals, organising AIMS talks, informal members’ meet-ups or other events, book-keeping and technical support to other volunteers.
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.
If you would like to volunteer for AIMS, we would love to hear from you! Our email contact is email@example.com
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