Volunteer and make a real difference
The program is always needing volunteers to get involved in many activities, event and fundraising ventures and raising our profile in the wider community. The raised funds from our events ensures the program can continue to grow and most importantly reach every bereaved family across the country.
Volunteering for the program is very important, incredibly needed and extremely rewarding. Volunteering is a way to acknowledge your baby or a baby close to you, a way to do something tangible in their memory, a way to give back to the program, a way to make a real difference for other bereaved families, a way to learn and improve skills and learn new things, a way to meet new people and form new friendships and an opportunity to be part of a national team support families who have suffered the loss of their baby.
How do I become a Volunteer ?
Contact your state coordinator
Who can volunteer ?
Anyone can become a volunteer!
To be eligible as a volunteer you must be 18 years or older.
Can I volunteer with a friend?
Yes! If there is an event that you would like a friend to help with you please let us know, they will also need to complete a temporary volunteer form for that event.
Are volunteers required to undergo any special checks?
In some case we may ask you to undergo a National police Check. Depending on what role you are undertaking.
Do I need to attend any meetings?
Each state will have a couple meetings each year. At these meetings we let you know of any upcoming events or duties we require help with. You will be informed on what has been happening within the program. If you are unable to attend a volunteer meeting, we are happy to send you the minutes.
What skills do I need to be a volunteer?
There are no specialist skills required to be a volunteer. All we ask is that you have a genuine passion to make a real difference. However any skills that you can bring to the program is a bonus!
How much time do I need to volunteer ?
As a volunteer you can do whatever you feel comfortable doing for the amount of time that suits you. Many of our volunteers also have work, family and social commitments. We are grateful for any time volunteers can give. We do ask that each volunteer commit to at least 1 event during the year.
How can I help?
There are many ways to volunteer for the program, It doesn’t matter how much or how little time you can spare it all helps.
- Memorial Walkathon's
- Source prizes for the annual quiz or ball
- Community Days/Events
- Organize a car boot sale or garage sale
- Sell raffle tickets at a local shopping centre
- Organize a charity event
- Deliver bears to your local hospital
- Delivery of brochures to Dr's surgeries and hospitals
If you have an interest in volunteering or would like more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You to all our Volunteers
We wish to acknowledge and thank everyone who volunteers their valuable time, help and support.
Thank you so very much to all of our dedicated volunteers Australia wide for their generous time, commitment and ongoing support. It is from your support that has helped the program grow to be what it is today.
It is from the very generous support of families involved in the program that has helped make the program what it is today.
The words below are from some of our current volunteers.
Our son ~Jaye~ was born into heaven on February 10th, 2011. I was given a teddy (donated from another Angel) from the beautiful staff at Flinders Private and at the time, I didn't quite understand how precious this gift would be in our life. I clung to that teddy like it was my baby because it was all that I had to hold when I left hospital. Our 2 other children who were 6 and 4 at the time were grieving also and that teddy bear went from room to room when each of us needed something to hold onto and cry into... I was in an incredibly dark place for a very long time and each time I looked at that teddy bear, it bought so many emotions with it. Firstly, I did not want it. I wanted my baby here instead. Secondly, I needed it, because I did not have my baby here. I contacted Pregnancy Loss Australia (it was known as Teddy Love Club then), and I had them send me 2 teddies - one for our daughter and one for our son. They needed something of their own to cling to at night times. It was a gift from Jaye and it was the best gift that I could give them seeing as they did not have a baby brother in our home. Pregnancy Loss Australia has been a very big part of our lives since losing our baby. It gives us such wonderful enjoyment to give back to a beautiful foundation that helped us during the lowest and darkest time in our life. Volunteering for me, makes me happy and gives me fulfilment to know that I am doing something positive in memory of Jaye and also to help other people. We will forever remember our son. He is a very big part of our family and is included in our everyday lives. We can not see him, but we can feel him and that is what helps us to get through.
Wendy Bennett - 1800 support worker / Database volunteer
We lost our first baby, Thomas, at 22 weeks in July 2010, it was completely and utterly devastating. I was totally niave and had no idea that things like this happened, especially to so many women. PLA (or TLC as it was known then) offered amazing support and helped me to understand that everything I was feeling was normal, despite what family and fiends were saying. It is through the online support group that I met a woman in WA who had been through the same things as us and had lost her little boy charlie. It was amazing, we had such a connection and I am sure it is a friendship that will last a lifetime. I provide weekend cover, along with a team of vounteers, on the 1800 bereavement support line as well as helping to maintain the database. Volunteering is such a wonderful feeling, being able to give back to an organisation that gives so much, it gives me a sense of achievement; of being able to support others through this agonising journey. Being a volunteer is one of the few things that has lifted my heart and soul and it makes me so proud to be doing something in honour of my beautiful boy Thomas
My son was stillborn 28 Jan 2011. Teddy love club was something I never knew about let alone thought I would ever need. They were the life line l so desperately needed and provided a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. I started a fundraising page in the lead up to the 2011 walkathon. After the walkathon I decided to join as a volunteer to give back and hopefully provide a little bit of hope to anther family. For me volunteering has been part of the healing process. I have meet some amazing people through volunteering. It helps keep my son's memory alive. I am proud to be giving back in him memory.
Zaahn & Adam Johnson - Quiz Coordinator SA
My husband and I have been blessed with 2 beautiful, vibrant and healthy girls. We are able to take them to school, listen to them read, help in the canteen, wash the bibs after netball, share their birthdays with their friends and ours. We also have a 3rd daughter, who very sadly didn't make it into our world. ~Addison~ is very much a part of our family, and our extended family. We will never be able to do the same things for her as our other daughters. We volunteer, proudly, in ~Addison's~ honour, to show our love and to show that we are parents to a baby we will never watch grow. For us, PLA is about awareness. By raising funds for PLA we ensure that families know they are not alone when the time comes to leave hospital without their baby. Our family is extremely proud to be volunteers with Pregnancy Loss Australia.
"After my first baby ~Gracie~ was stillborn in August 2010, PLA (or Teddy Love Club as it was called then) was a lifeline to me when I was consumed with grief and heartache. It was only a few weeks later while attending the Victorian Memorial Walkathon that I knew that I wanted to 'give back' to this amazing organisation which was helping me so much. I wanted to help other parents going through a similar loss so they knew that they weren't alone, but I also wanted to do something in ~Gracie's~ name. I am proud of the work I've done since, and hope that it has helped bring some comfort to others at their darkest time."
Thank you to all of our volunteers your help is very much needed and appreciated.