pro-life volunteering at Good Counsel Network Ireland could well be for you! The Good Counsel Network, aka The Women’s Counselling Network was set up in Dublin in 1995 with a handful of volunteers. As the success of the work became apparent over the years many more people were attracted to pro-life volunteering. Good Counsel Network became established in Ireland, the UK, Austria, Spain and Belgium.Want a challenge? Want rewards that are literally out of this world? Yes? Then
Our mission is clear cut
Women facing crisis pregnancies can be under tremendous pressure due to the attitudes of society, family circumstances, peer influence, financial difficulties and so on. By the time we meet them, most are suffering from abortion tunnel vision and are therefore not open to any other options. They may have family concerns giving rise to stress in relation to their pregnancy. There may be subtle pressures in work not to get pregnant for career reasons.This is what makes the work at Good Counsel Network so challenging. Together, we make make the difference, and help women in crisis pregnancies.
Are you considering volunteering?
It is great that you want to volunteer and build a broad Good Counsel Network support base. We’ve had many challenges over the years, and always managed them. Pregnant women need our support. Together we can evaluate their needs, give them material support, a friendly voice and hope for the future. We get great satisfaction when we know we have helped a mother bring her child into the world. The mother too has no regrets, as a gift of life becomes her reality.
How to volunteer to Good Counsel Network Ireland
If you feel called to help women facing a crisis pregnancy through pro-life volunteering, do contact us. We’d like to hear from you, and what you can bring to the table. We have other volunteers who can show you the ropes as you get trained up. We’d like to thank you in advance for having responded to the call.
The importance of crisis pregnancy counsel volunteering
Women facing a crisis pregnancy need the right information, and need it fast. They may be mulling over their situation to the point that they are not able to think straight. Protection of the unborn maybe the last thing on their mind. Very often, a crisis pregnant woman is going it alone. Her boyfriend has let her down, abnegating his responsibilities as a father. The family may not know of her pregnancy, due to fear of rejection. The employer might not have time for employees who are expecting a child. This is where our volunteers can give them invaluable assistance regarding a way forward. Good Counsel Network have some helpful suggestions.
Helpful knowledge for crisis pregnant women
Giving helpful information depends on the situation. If a crisis pregnant woman is not employed, there are a number of financial supporting programmes available. There is: (1) Supplemental Welfare allowance; (2) A medical Card, (3) Rent allowance or Mortgage Interest supplement, (4) Domestic allowance for essential parental items. If a crisis pregnant woman is employed, she has recourse to: (a) Maternity Benefit; (b) Health and Safety benefits; (c) maternity leave entitlements; and (d) unpaid leave entitlements. Advising women facing a crisis pregnancy in this way gives them positive options. A voluntary counselor can put expectant mothers in touch with a local social welfare officer. They may also contact the Maternity Benefit Section of the Department of Social Protection. These are only some of the advice you as a volunteer can impart to women facing a crisis pregnancy. There are other voluntary counselling measures, which Good Counsel will discuss in another blog post.
Women facing a crisis pregnancy may not be in a financial position to have a baby. Or they may have family concerns giving rise to stress in relation to their pregnancy. There may also be other pressures, like careerism in their work place.