Samaritans Cymru is a suicide prevention charity that provides emotional support to anyone who is struggling to cope. In 2024, we are launching a new project to raise awareness about the impact that the journey to becoming a parent can have on your mental health. We want to improve the support available to men and women across Wales. We also want to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and the parenthood journey.

This project aims to improve the support available to anyone on the parenthood journey and includes the perinatal period, infertility, baby-loss, adoption, donor-conception, and postpartum.

To achieve this, we would like to find out more about people’s experiences of the parenthood journey, how it affected their mental health, and what – if any – support they had during this time. 

We would love to hear from anyone who meets the following criteria:

  • You are over 18
  • You live in Wales
  • You have tried to get pregnant, experienced baby loss, been pregnant, tried to adopt, experienced infertility or undergone fertility treatments (such as egg donation) had a baby, and/or have been a new parent in the last 10 years (either you or your partner)
  • You struggled with your mental health at the time

You will be asked questions about becoming or trying to become a parent, your mental health, and the support you had. It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and the closing date for the survey is Monday 4th March 2024.

Complete the survey here

To request this survey as a hard copy, please email e.gooding@samaritans.org

About us: Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil (VAMT) is the County Voluntary Council (CVC) for the County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil and has existed since 1997.  VAMT is a part of Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW) which is a network of support organisations for the third sector. Our shared goal is to enable the third sector and volunteers across Wales to contribute fully to individual and community well-being, now and for the future.

About this role:

The post holder will work with the Building Communities Trust Invest Local Officer, the Invest Local Ynysowen Steering Group, residents, volunteers, groups, stakeholders and partners to deliver the projects and programmes of work identified in the Driving Change plan. The role will engage with local residents and develop a sustainable volunteer base, build local capacity to develop a sustainable funding strategy to secure the long-term future of the community beyond the Invest local funding.

To secure this great opportunity you will have: excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively across all sectors, excellent organisational skills, ability to support and manage volunteers, a proven track record in community development as well as an understanding of delivering against a development plan.

For an informal chat about the role please contact Karen.Vowles@vamt.net

Please click HERE for an application pack 



Clwb Cwtsh is a short, fully funded informal 7 or 8-week Welsh taster programme focussed on speaking Welsh with young children (and is aimed at parents to be, parents/carers, members of the extended family). Learners won’t need any Welsh to join. The course is provided on-line and face-to-face, depending on area.

To register, email clwbcwtsh@meithrin.cymru

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