The Birth and Beyond Community Support programme helps women and families who are vulnerable, or from communities that experience challenges such as poverty or social exclusion and disadvantage.
Volunteers work in their local area for two hours a week, offering a listening ear for new mums who are finding life with a new baby difficult. They will also be trained to signpost services, and – when Covid restrictions allow – accompany women to baby groups to help mums feel less isolated and improve their wellbeing.
The training offered is free and can lead to a recognised level 2 Open College Network qualification.
Dr Agnes Hann, research manager at NCT, said: "We've seen that parent-to-parent support during pregnancy and in early parenthood has the potential to improve mental health and wellbeing, reduce loneliness and isolation and increase use of local services. NCT has a long history of bringing expectant and new parents together to form supportive relationships."