Support parents

Find out about how you can support parents with a baby on the neonatal unit through our Bliss Champion volunteering role.

What are Bliss Champions?

Bliss Champions provide a vital link between parents, units and our Bliss services, ensuring families of premature and sick babies can gain access to the information and support services that we provide.

As an organisation, we aim to ensure that families with a baby on a neonatal unit for more than 24 hours have access to our resources and support. Bliss Champions help us make this possible.

Bliss Champions provide a key link between neonatal units and Bliss services. This can be everything from making sure units are well stocked with our resources to advertising our services and encouraging parents and staff to get involved with our work.

For more information, read the full Champion volunteer role description.

Baby cuddling: Please note that Bliss does not arrange baby cuddling opportunities on neonatal units.

Who can be a Bliss Champion?

If you have at least two hours to give a week, the ability to a visit local neonatal unit, a passion for what we do and the desire to support families, then you can be a Bliss Champion.

Our Champions don’t necessarily have first-hand experience as a parent of a sick or premature baby, but all of them understand the emotional and practical pressures this can bring and are united in the desire to ensure that families receive support when they need it most.

Our Bliss Champion network

As a Bliss Champion, you will be part of our national network of volunteers and your staff contact at Bliss will put you in touch with other volunteers in your area.

Although you will be the named contact for the unit you are working with, there may be a local network of Independent Family Groups in your area. We encourage you to work in partnership with them and signpost parents to other Bliss services.

Interested?

Check out our current Bliss Champion opportunities
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Find out more by reading our interview with a Bliss Champion

Linda is a Bliss volunteer on the neonatal unit at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. We spoke to her to find out more about how she helps families of babies born premature or sick and why being a Bliss Champion is so important to her.
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