We’re recruiting: Peer Support Workers for Rotherham & Doncaster

Do you have lived experience of mental health difficulties around the time of having a baby?  We are seeking two new Perinatal Peer Support Workers to join our team, one focused on support in Rotherham and one on support in Doncaster.

This role will involve providing perinatal mental health peer support through offering structured one to one peer support as well as facilitation of Light Support Groups to ensure they run smoothly either virtually or in person (Covid-19 restrictions permitting).  As this role is peer support, you must have lived experience of mental health problems associated with pregnancy/childbirth, it is important that you feel well enough to be able to offer support to families who are struggling with such feelings now.  This role also involves working with and supervising volunteers to help us continue to offer dedicated services to women and their families, continuing to support each family effectively.

One of these posts is focused on Rotherham & the other on Doncaster although there will also be times when you are required to work across South Yorkshire as necessary to meet the needs of the charity.

Please see the Peer Support Worker Job Description & Person Specification for further details about these roles.

To apply please complete the application form and return it to [email protected] by Friday 23rd April 2021.

DEADLINE TODAY 5pm! We’re recruiting: Chief Executive

Are you a driven and engaging individual who can lead us to help others?

We are recruiting a new Chief Executive and we’d love to hear from you!

As Chief Executive you will be accountable for all operational activity, including staff management, volunteer engagement, quality and compliance and financial management. The role also has significant focus on development work to help the charity grow sustainably, which will include sourcing and securing relevant funding, raising awareness of Light, managing external relationships, whilst ensuring all funding contract obligations are met. You will work closely with the Trustees to develop the long-term growth strategy, set the annual budget and monitor progress against objectives.

Please see the Chief Executive Job Description and Person Specification for further details of this role.

To apply please complete the application form and return it to [email protected] by Friday 16th April 2021

The virtual 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon – Run for Light!

The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon is taking place on Sunday 3 October, with a record 50,000 participants running on the streets of the capital, from Blackheath to The Mall.

On the same day, an additional 50,000 people will have the chance to take on the world’s greatest marathon on the course of their choice from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 BST, wherever they are on the planet – building on the success of the first-ever virtual London Marathon last year.

Together, these participants will make history by creating the world’s first 100,000-person marathon – would you like to be one of them?

We are very fortunate to have been allocated three charity places in the virtual 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon. This means that runners can complete the distance here in Yorkshire – or wherever you choose – or even spread the run out across the day, using the London Marathon app to track the distance completed and time taken. If you’d like to take part in this unique challenge, while raising much-needed funds for Light Peer Support, please tell us a bit about yourself and why you’d like to run for Light by completing the form here!

We will get back to you by the end of March to confirm whether you have place, so good luck and thank you for your interest in this amazing challenge and in raising much needed funds for Light!

NEW information group Starring LIGHT! South Yorkshire Family Network

The South Yorkshire Family Network (SYFN) is a collective of early parenting services, in and around South Yorkshire.
We are pleased to invite you to join us for the SYFN event. This is an online monthly event (every 4 weeks) where we have speakers from 4 fantastic early parenting services, in and around South Yorkshire.
We aim to guide you through some of the services available to you and signpost you to other services you may find helpful in the early years of parenting.
During this session we will discuss mental health, creating support networks, the benefits of using baby slings/carriers and how you can reduce your carbon footprint by exploring cloth nappies.
It is completely free to attend and from the comfort of your own home. So get yourself signed up, grab a coffee and get ready to chat. All family members welcome. Please don’t worry about babies or older children making noise, or if you are not feeling your best self that day. This is a welcoming non judgmental service.
In Collaboration with,
Joanna from the National Childbirth Trust.
Emma from the South Yorkshire Nappy library.
Kiri from Sheffield Sling Surgery.
Claire from Light Pre & Post Natal Peer Support
Booking essential. For more info please get in touch or go to https://sheffieldslingsurgery.as.me/SYFN?fbclid=IwAR0Br8jNjHM6WJILk4o-8pdo9rgemRcqoRCbnMFNkk5nf1rdh3vAKR1LMY0

Light Peer Support AGM: an invitation to join us on 18th January 2021 at 8.30pm

Light Annual General Meeting is going to be held on Monday 18th January 2021, it will be a virtual call from 7.30pm – 9.30pm.

The first hour will be the formal meeting followed by an open session for you to engage with us more informally.

We’d love to hear your views and thoughts on the services we provide and your experiences with Light.  To register a place, please email [email protected] – you will receive a link nearer the time.

Volunteers & Counsellors news & thanks!

Light is pleased that our counselling service has recently started up again, we have 4 counselling students completing their 100 hour placement with us at the moment, and another 2 to hopefully start in the new year.  This is great news for the mums and dads who are benefitting from peer support from Light already but need access to a professional counselling service.

All our counsellors are registered with BRCP and adhere to its framework and ethics.

Volunteers: we need YOU!
I’m sure we’re all setting new year’s resolutions to make 2021 a better year, have you thought about volunteering a couple of hours a week to help other mums and dads who are struggling with their mental health? Volunteering brings a great sense of achievement.  Peer support is such a powerful way in which we help one another, you don’t need any formal qualifications – peer support relies on you using your own lived experiences to offer empathy and support to others.  Get in touch [email protected]

A message from the volunteer coordinator:
Back in March Covid-19 brought an abrupt stop to the way Light offer peer support, our volunteers were unable to be with us as we moved into working from home.

The Light staff worked tirelessly to make sure men and women were supported and have been busy facilitating groups as well as offering one to one support.

We now have a small team of new volunteers who are keen to work alongside the Light peer support workers in offering one to one support to men and women and facilitating our virtual support groups.

Thank You!
We would like to thank and welcome our new volunteers Amanda, Emma, Libby, Joanne, Lora, Abbie, Ben, Cassandra, Kate, Pauline, Kelsey, Louise, Rachel and Sarah and our counsellors Helen, George, Owen and Lianne. you are all a fantastic part of our team.

Partners, Donations & Thank You’s

We have been extremely overwhelmed this year by the many donations and such a wide variety of different ways you have thought to donate!

Donations – however they come to us and whatever size, mean so very much to us and really help us to give back directly to our mums & families. We simply couldn’t do it with you. A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone…

Asda Drakehouse contacted us with cash donation form their community fund which we were able to provide over 20 well-being gift bags to some of our service users. We were also the recent recipients of the Community Hero’s fund of £300!

The Birdhouse Tea Company got in touch after seeing us on social media and promised to donate profits from one of their best selling teas to us!

Many of you did social distance ‘runs’, and similar, to raise money for us!

Unity Yoga is doing an ‘Uplifting flow’ on Boxing Day to raise money for us – check out their insta for details!

So many Birthday fundraisers from far & wide for us!

Sheffield Advent Calendar – we were day 7!

The WI are always great supporters.

Period Poverty.

There are just so many ways people have been helping.  We cannot thank you  enough!

We continue to be supported by NHS Perinatal Service, Sheffield City Council, Doncaster & Rotherham Family Centres & Hubs.

Rossington Ward councellors awarded us with a  grant to support local families access free classes with Tot’s play.

We have new and exciting plans coming up in January with Doncaster Mind as well as South Yorkshire NCT and Slings & Nappy Library (new joint support group COMING JAN 2021!!)


Mums in need

SYEDA provided us with training

National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) provided us with training

All the wonderful midwives, health visitors, GP’s and specialist teams we work with and ALL the NHS !