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Would you like to gain experience or share your skills?  Why not volunteer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s easy to apply to be a volunteer in one of our centres! We offer a volunteer induction to help you prepare for your role, and an Action for Children certificate for each session (good to add to your CV, too!).

On-going training (including access to staff training) and out-of-pocket expenses are provided, plus supervision and support to ensure your volunteering is going well.

There's a whole variety of volunteer roles. Whatever your goal there’s something you can excel and gain experience in, including:

Volunteering is a great stepping stone into work. Action for Children can provide work experience, student placements and apprenticeships, too. We have between 5 and 10 volunteers of all ages in each centre, and we have volunteer meetings and events.

Want more information or help finding the right  role for you? Please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Vicky Peake, on 01229 877 220 or victoria.peake@actionforchildren.org.uk or complete the attached application form

Administrative Support Team Volunteer

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as an Administrative Support Team Volunteer 

Would you like to help the Business Support Team by volunteering on reception, meeting and greeting visitors and helping with general administrative tasks? 

Can you:

  • Have a friendly and approachable manner
  • Have the ability to be part of team
  • Have basic office skills or a willingness to learn!
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality
  • Communicate sensitively with parents/ carers and their children
  • Have good spoken and written English skills 
  • Be enthusiastic, committed, trustworthy and reliable
  • Be supportive and non-judgemental

What you can expect:

  • Welcoming children and families to the centre
  • Answering the telephone and directing calls or taking messages as required
  • Ensuring visitors sign in and encouraging new families to register
  • Helping families to find the group or session they are looking for
  • Filing and photocopying
  • Collecting and sorting post
  • Word processing
  • Preparing materials (e.g. introductory packs for families, training materials etc.)
  • Taking room bookings

What we can offer:

  • Gaining administration and reception skills and experience
  • Improving your confidence
  • A sense of fulfilment in helping children and their families
  • Regular support and supervision from on-site supervisor
  • Improving your CV and employability
  • Making a real difference to the lives of children and their families within the local community
  • Being part of a friendly team!

Baby Feeding Support

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as a Breastfeeding Support Volunteer

Would you like to support breastfeeding parents and parents-to-be?  Action for Children provide weekly breastfeeding groups, individual support, resources and evidence based information.

Can you:

  • Share your breastfeeding experience and provide evidence based information
  • Keep your breastfeeding knowledge and skills up-to-date through training and research
  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with parents/ carers and their children
  • Be non-judgemental, approachable and have a friendly manner
  • Be enthusiastic, trustworthy and reliable
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Be an effective member of a team

What you can expect:

  • Breastfeeding Support Training
  • Supporting breastfeeding parents and parents-to-be in their choices
  • Giving accurate breastfeeding support network information
  • Liaising with and supporting other breastfeeding professionals in various settings
  • Volunteering within a team of breastfeeding supporters

 What we can offer:

  • Developing skills and experience in this area
  • Gaining confidence in a professional environment
  • Regular support and supervision
  • Improving your CV and employability
  • Making a real contribution to supporting children and families within the local community
  • Being part of a friendly and dedicated team!

Contact Centre Volunteer

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as a Contact Centre Volunteer

Do you have an interest in child and family services?  Do you have experience of volunteering/ working with children, young people and/ or families experiencing stress and difficulties?  Would you like to volunteer in a Supported Child Contact Centre helping to provide support to families in re-establishing contact with their children and each other?  

The Contact Centre helps children of separated families to spend time with the non-resident parent or other family members, in a safe, friendly and neutral place.  The aim is to rebuild the parent’s relationship with the child, supported by a team of staff and volunteers, and to reopen the lines of communication with the resident parent.  The focus is on the child, making sure the environment is safe and conducive to their relationship developing and each plan is tailored to meet the specific needs of the family.

Can you:

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively
  • Establish and maintain clear boundaries and have a professional approach
  • Understand safeguarding issues
  • Identify when children are at risk, in the home or community
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Be reliable and consistent
  • Be respectful and non-judgemental while not accepting of behaviours that are damaging to others
  • Support children, young people and their families in what can be a difficult transition
  • Help build positive relationships which can then be extended and maintained away from the centre
  • Help provide a relaxed environment where families can play games, bake, chat and get to know one another again. 
  • Be on hand to support the parents and children, whilst giving them the space they need to rebuild relationships 
  • Volunteer in a child centred manner and put the needs of the child first at all times

What you can expect:

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before the session begins
  • Be briefed by the team leader on the afternoons contacts before they start
  • Help to prepare the centre
  • Help to prepare the refreshments
  • Help keep attendance records
  • Help tidy up the centre after the session
  • Help to ensure that the centre is secure and safe
  • Be on hand to support and assist the families using the centre
  • Make every effort to make use of the training opportunities specific to the Contact Centre 
  • Attend supervision every 4 to 6 weeks with a Contact Centre supervisor

What we can offer:

  • Gaining valuable social care experience within child and family services – useful for people looking to study and work in the social care sector
  • Developing skills, knowledge and experience in this area
  • Improving your confidence in a professional environment
  • Induction Training Programme 
  • Role specific training delivered on a three year rolling program, developed following feedback from centres on the issues faced by those working and volunteering at Supported Child Contact Centres:
    • Safeguarding training
    • Induction training for new volunteers
    • Family breakdown
    • Health and safety risk assessment
    • Encouraging positive contact – Working with dads
    • Conflict management
    • Domestic abuse
    • Understanding substance misuse – impact on families
    • Managing reluctant family members
    • Family risk assessment
  • Improving your CV and employability
  • Meeting new people
  • Making a real difference to the lives of children and families within the local community
  • Being part of a friendly and dedicated team!

Counselling Service

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as a Volunteer Counsellor

Would you like to support adults accessing Children's Centre services by providing counselling?  Are you a qualified counsellor or in the final year of Level 4 counselling training?  Barrow Early Help provides a free adult counselling service to help parents/ carers explore challenging and difficult aspects of their lives and feelings and consider options open to them to bring about effective change and enhance well-being. 

Can you:

  • Be accountable for your own case load
  • Become a member of BACP
  • Undertake professional supervision with a BACP accredited supervisor
  • Be compassionate and understanding
  • Have a non-judgemental and supportive approach
  • Volunteer as part of a team
  • Have a clear understanding of the importance of maintaining confidentiality and professional boundaries
  • Have a professional approach
  • Be consistent and reliable

What you can expect:

  • Providing individual counselling sessions for over 18s
  • Developing therapeutic relationships
  • Sharing information with Action for Children staff when appropriate and keeping confidential records
  • Scheduling sessions at a time to suit clients within one of the Children's Centre
  • Undertaking professional supervision with a BACP accredited supervisor
  • Carrying out six weekly reviews and liaising with referrer about outcomes of these
  • Reporting to the Centre Manager of your linked centre(s)
  • Following Action for Children guidelines and policies

What we can offer:

  • Gaining experience and confidence within a professional setting
  • Developing counselling skills and knowledge
  • Enabling you to have a counselling placement to complete your studies and become a qualified counsellor
  • Improving your CV and employability
  • A sense of fulfilment in affecting positive change in the lives of parents/ carers
  • Making a real contribution to supporting parents/ carers and in turn their children within the local community
  • Being part of friendly team!

Family Learning

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as a Family Learning Volunteer

Would you like to volunteer on family learning sessions for children and their parents/ carers?  Barrow Early Help provides a variety of services for children and their families, including programmes and activities for children with additional needs (0 to 8s) and a range of open access and targeted activities for babies, toddlers and pre-school children (0 to 5s).

Can you:

  • Be friendly and have a good sense of humour
  • Understand of the needs of young children and their families
  • Have a non-judgemental approach
  • Communicate clearly
  • Be enthusiastic and reliable

What you can expect:

  • Assist in creating a warm, welcoming and caring environment for children and their parents/ carers
  • Assist with play sessions, contributing skills and ideas for activities
  • Provide a fun environment in which children can experience the benefits of play - supporting their social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development
  • Support play between the children and parents/ carers attending the group
  • Promote the learning opportunities associated with activities offered
  • Signpost carers to appropriate members of staff for support and advice
  • Prepare snacks for the children
  • Help staff to set up and clear away play activities 

What we can offer:

  • Gaining new skills and experience within child and family services
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Improving your confidence
  • Training opportunities
  • Making a real difference to the lives of children and families within the local community
  • Getting to meet lots of new people in your local area
  • Being part of a friendly team!

Play to Learn Volunteer

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as a Play to Learn Volunteer

Play to Learn sessions, for children aged 0 to 5, run alongside parenting courses, enabling parents/ carers to focus on their learning whilst their children enjoy positive play experiences. 

Can you:

  • Be friendly and have a good sense of humour
  • Understand of the needs of young children and their families
  • Have a non-judgemental approach
  • Be a good communicator
  • Be enthusiastic and reliable

What you can expect:

  • Assist in creating a warm, welcoming and caring environment for children and their parents/ carers
  • Assist with play sessions, contributing skills and ideas for activities
  • Provide a fun environment in which children can experience the benefits of play - supporting their social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development
  • Prepare healthy snacks for children
  • Help staff set up and clear away play activities

What we can offer:

  • Gaining skills and experience within child and family services
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Improving your confidence
  • Training opportunities
  • Making a real difference to the lives of children and families within the local community
  • Getting to meet lots of new people in your local area
  • Being part of a friendly team!

Resilience Programmes Volunteer

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as a Resilience Service Volunteer

Would you like to help on the Resilience Service?  Helping Hands is a 10 week programme, for children aged 8 to 12, delivered in local schools and settings.  This programme encourages good self-esteem, confidence and resilience and aims to increase children’s understanding of feeling safe by exploring and promoting protective behaviours.

Can you:

  • Communicate clearly and sensitively with children aged 8 to 12
  • Commit to a 10 week programme
  • Relate to children experiencing difficulties and stress
  • Have a professional, non-judgemental, empathic approach
  • Be consistent and reliable
  • Establish and maintain healthy boundaries
  • Identify when children are at risk, in the home or community
  • Attend supervision meetings every 4 to 6 weeks with your on-site supervisor
  • Volunteer as part of a team

What you can expect:

  • Welcoming children and encouraging them to take part in activities
  • Supporting, encouraging and assisting in the facilitation of activities as part of a preventative education programme
  • Helping to set up and clear away activities, games and resources
  • Helping with the preparation of snacks and drinks

What we can offer:

  • Gaining experience and confidence within a professional setting
  • Developing skills and increasing knowledge in this area
  • Gaining valuable social care experience volunteering with children – useful for people looking to study and work within child and family services
  • Learning about how best to support Children in difficult situations
  • Induction Training Programme covering: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion; Confidentiality and Professional Boundaries, Safeguarding Children and Young People; Key Policies, Health and Safety and Food Hygiene Awareness. 
  • On-going training
  • Improving your CV and employability
  • A sense of fulfilment in affecting positive change in the lives of children
  • Being part of a fun, supportive and friendly team!
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