Published On: Wed, Feb 5th, 2014 on 11:41 am

Auntie Pam’s commended for quality support to mum-to-be’s

Auntie Pams

Auntie Pams

Auntie Pam’s, a Dewsbury-based support service for mum-to-be’s, has been awarded the Kirklees Quality Volunteering Award for its work with volunteers to deliver advice and support services across Kirklees.

The award is given to organisations who make sure volunteering is open to everyone, and encourage volunteers to develop their skills.

Ever since it opened in 2010, Auntie Pam’s has helped train over 150 volunteers and has had contact with 350 women through its centre, another 60 through Dewsbury District Hospital and more throughout the community.

Lisa Akester, a project officer who runs Auntie Pam’s on behalf of Kirklees Council, said: “We are all delighted that Auntie Pam’s has been recognised for its work with volunteers. Our team of volunteer peer supporters are what makes Auntie Pam’s such a success.”

All peer supporters are experienced to be able to support pregnant women and new mums across Kirklees with a range of issues, from pregnancy, health and relationships to housing and benefits.

Ms Akester added: “Each one is inspirational in their own way and has their own life experience to share. Following our training programme our volunteers are able to give quality support to enable others to access services and help their babies get the best start in life.”

The Auntie Pam’s centre in Dewsbury is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am until 3pm.

Women do not need to be referred from another service and can drop-in anytime.

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