Become a Maternity Voices volunteer and make a difference to maternity services in Dorset

People in Dorset who have used maternity services in the past five years, or who have supported a family to do so, are being invited to apply to become a Service User Representative or Maternity Partnership Chair for the new Maternity Voices Partnership.

Maternity Voices Partnerships are independent working groups, made up of clinicians, service users and other relevant people who work collaboratively to improve maternity services for all.

The opportunity is open to those who are passionate about maternity and neonatal services and who want to shape these services, by representing the voices of the parents and families who access them across the whole of Dorset.

For more information about the roles please visit our Maternity Matters website.  Here is a brief overview:
  • Service User Representative – a voluntary role where you attend online meetings to share your experiences and ideas as someone who has used maternity services in Dorset, or works with local families. Your main task will be speaking to other parents and families and feeding their views and experiences back to the Maternity Voices Chairs.  It is an unpaid role, but you can claim expenses such as childcare costs for attending meetings.
  • Maternity Voices Partnership Chair – a voluntary role chairing the online meetings where people can share experiences and ideas about Dorset maternity services. You would have the support of the Lead Representative. As MVP Chair, you will be the key link between the Service User Representatives, the NHS trust and Dorset Local Maternity and Neonatal System. You will be paid £200 per month for 10 hours p/m of your time as a volunteer for this role.

Dorset’s Maternity Voices Lead Representative, Rachel Filmer says: ‘We are looking for people who have used maternity services in the last five years, or who have supported a family to do so. For example, breastfeeding peer support, antenatal educators, doulas etc. or those who work for related charitable organisations.

I’ve been involved in Dorset Maternity Voices for four years and love being involved in projects that make services better for families. I’ve seen first-hand that our voices and experiences matter. It’s really exciting to be establishing Maternity Voices Partnerships, so that more local families can get involved”

Successful candidates will be supported by Rachel and the maternity team at NHS Dorset CCG.

For more information about the roles and how to apply please visit the website here.

Alternatively, you can access the application form directly here.

If you have any questions, please contact maternityvoicesdorset@gmail.com.

Applications will close on 31 October 2021.