About this role
Parenting groups give parents a place to connect with others facing similar challenges, to learn more about some important elements of parenting, and to receive emotional and practical support. Through our Parenting groups, we provide targeted support to help parents tackle specific issues they are facing. We need volunteers to help facilitate these groups so we can reach more parents in the community.
What is the time commitment?
This role is for 2 hours per week approximately. Minimum commitment for 6 months.
Who will you be helping?
Babies (0-2yrs), Families, Parents, Pre-schoolers (3-5yrs)
The issues you help parents manage will depend on which group you volunteer with. The groups offer targeted support with challenges as diverse as helping new mums manage breastfeeding; facilitating parents’ understanding of their child’s needs; and supporting women who have experienced domestic abuse. Whatever group you volunteer with, your input will help strengthen the attachment between parents and their children, helping to build stronger families.
What difference will you make?
Volunteering at a parenting group makes a big difference to the families attending. You will be supporting parents to connect with their child, and with other parents.
Your input will allow more parents to attend our groups. Parenting can be challenging and everyone needs a little help at times. Providing parents with support and guidance can build their knowledge and confidence. This has a positive impact on the parents’ own wellbeing, and on the wellbeing of their child.
Health Champion Volunteers are people with existing skills and knowledge who can offer support to groups of families around specific health related needs or activities e.g. breastfeeding support, toilet training, weaning or buggy walks.
Health Champions are the non-medical face of the support groups – they work alongside health colleagues to encourage socialisation, peer support and the sharing of the correct information about feeding. Please contact us for details of current champion roles we have available.
Who are we looking for?
This role will suit people who:
- Have a friendly and approachable manner.
- Can work well as part of a team.
- Understand the importance of confidentiality.
- Can communicate sensitively with parents/carers and their children.
- Have good spoken and written English skills.
- Are enthusiastic, committed, trustworthy and reliable.
- Are supportive and non-judgmental.
What's in it for you?
As you grow more confident in your role, you may be invited to plan sessions yourself, giving you a chance to build and develop your own skills and knowledge. Other benefits include:
- Making a difference to the lives of people in your community.
- Support and guidance from project coordinator including 1-1 and group supervision.
- Regular training and development opportunities.
- Opportunity to improve future employment prospects.
- Develop new skills; increased confidence and self-esteem.
- Opportunity to build a portfolio of your training, skills, experience and qualities.
- Being part of a team and becoming a part of Family Action, a national charity with 150 years. of experience supporting families.
All Family Action volunteers receive full training and access to ongoing supervision and support as long as they are in the role.
How can you find out more?
Click the 'I'm interested' button below to give us your contact details and a member of staff will be in touch with more information about the role and how to apply. They will be also be happy to answer any questions you may have about volunteering with us.