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Volunteer With Tamba

Thinking about volunteering for Tamba?

You could be our most valuable resource.  Without our many volunteers, Tamba would not be the organisation it is today. Can we inspire you to volunteer for Tamba and give something back to the multiple birth community? Tamba can match you with our volunteer opportunities and then support you with training and information. Volunteering is also an excellent way to prepare yourself for returning to the workplace.

Here’s what you should think about before you volunteer

What aspect of Tamba’s work really interests you? Can you see yourself as a Twinline listener, supporting parents of multiples on the phone or are you good at project management or office administration?

How much time have you got? 

It doesn’t matter how much or how little time you have to offer - just be sure you know what’s manageable for you with your other commitments.  Are you happy working at a distance or would you rather come to the Tamba office and be part of the team?

Current vacancies

Tamba Honorary Consultants for Family Therapy 

We are currently looking for volunteers to join us as honorary consultants for family therapy. The role will involve responding to referrals from Tamba concerning family therapy issues relating to multiple birth families, e.g. severe behaviour problems, issues that begin to affect the family e.g. feeding, toilet training, parents encountering difficulties after the birth of their children, twins, psychological issues between multiples and parents including adolescence, adult twins- who have lost their twin, couples where one is a twin.  You will need to be a qualified Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Psychologist.

To apply for this role, please email nikkiharris@tamba.org.uk for an application form. 

Downloading the full job description here.

Other volunteer opportunities 

1. Twinline listeners 

For more information on the role, please take a look at our practical facts for twinline listeners. Please also get in touch with the Twinline co-ordinator who will be more than happy to provide further details on what's involved. Here's what one of our volunteers had to say about her role as a twinline listener '

‘ I enjoy talking and listening and gain a great sense of satisfaction knowing that I have helped someone. Very often the caller starts out in tears and by the end is laughing, there is no better feeling. Of course there are calls that can’t be made better with a laugh, but it’s good to know that we offer this service with likeminded, sympathetic, empathetic understanding people like myself who can hopefully make a difference to someone’s day.’

2. Trustees/Board Members of the charity

We are looking for FOUR volunteers who can attend around 5 meetings a year (usually on a Saturday from 10am-1pm in central London) and communicate between meetings via email.  Trustees set and monitor the strategic direction of the charity and how we use our resources. Ideally applicants will be employed in a senior role and have experience of advising a board, or alternatively would not be phased providing advice at board level.

We are currently looking for volunteers with: (1) An up to date clinical background in providing maternity care to multiples (2) A legal background ideally with campaigning or public policy experience (3) An up to date experience of family outreach or support work among families in crisis (4) Experience advising on the use of IT at a senior level.  A general trustee job spec is available to download.

If you are interested in this position please contact the Tamba CEO  - keithreed@tamba.org.uk

3. Fundraisers

See the many different ways in which you can help.  We can't do what we do without you

4. Tamba office Helpers 

Based in Aldershot, helping with office administration and telephone calls - contact us to find out more .

5. Practical Preparing for Parenthood Facilitators 

These sessions are a 2 hour basic entry level seminar and are suitable for expectant parents, interested grandparents, carers, and health professionals. We are looking for people to facilitate these workshops. We had our first training session on the 16th January 2010 in London and the feedback from the attendees was extremely positive.  There have now been 4 training sessions to date. There may be further training dates in the future. Please contact Kate Valentine to find out more.

So what's next? 

Tamba's Volunteer Policy 

All prospective Tamba volunteers are asked to complete a Volunteer Application form (if you are interested in becoming a Twinline listener please print off the Twinline volunteer form). Fill in this form, tell us about the position you are interested in, about you and the skills you have and send it back to us. This form will ask you to give us two referees whom we will only approach if your application is successful.

Supporting you as a volunteer 

Some Tamba volunteer roles, such as a Twinline listener, have a training programme which you will be required to commit to undertake before you can get started. Other volunteer positions are more informal, but in all cases you will have a member of staff who will be your contact throughout your time as a volunteer with us, to answer your questions and assist you. We welcome volunteer applications from anyone who thinks they might be able to help.


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