About this role
The best part about this role is its flexibility…we don’t ask for a regular commitment. This role suits people who see the glass as half-full, who are adventurous and willing to try new things, or who simply want to help but need a more flexible timetable for their volunteering.
There is no fixed time commitment for this role. Once you have completed our induction and training, we will discuss the best option for you. Whatever we agree, we will be in touch at least every 3 months to let you know what opportunities we have coming up.
What is the time commitment?
Minimum commitment for 6 months.
Who will you be helping?
Babies (0-2yrs), Children, Families, Parents, Pre-schoolers (3-5yrs), Teenagers
This is a flexible, as and when volunteering role to help and support the 0-19 child and family support service with a variety of as and when needed voluntary work that will benefit local children, families, teenagers, parents.
What difference will you make?
We might ask you for seasonal support with anything from Christmas gift wrapping to planning a summer picnic; we might ask you to help out with particular tasks like gardening or supporting an event; or we may ask you to cover a role if one of our regular volunteers is not able to come in.
It’s difficult to pin down exactly what we will ask you to do until we know more about your skills and interests, but whether you can give us an hour a week or a day once a month, rest assured that you will have a varied and impactful experience of helping families directly, or helping our service to help families.
Who are we looking for?
There is no typical Family Action volunteer. We want our volunteers to be as diverse as the people we support. We need volunteers with a range of life experiences, skills and knowledge to. In return for giving your time and talents, you will receive quality training, ongoing support, and the reward of knowing that you are making a real difference. This role will particularly suit volunteers who:
- Can think on their feet or can turn their hand to anything
- Have a friendly and approachable manner
- Have the ability to work as part of a team
- Understand the importance of confidentiality
- 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 in their approach to others.
What's in it for you?
We are as committed to making your contribution as meaningful for you as it is for us and the families we support. Family Action volunteers tell us that volunteering with us can be challenging at times, but it is also very rewarding. Volunteers also tell us they have benefitted from:
- Being part of a team and becoming a part of Family Action, a national charity with 150 years of experience supporting families.
- Support and guidance from project coordinator including 1-1 and group supervision
- Regular training and development opportunities
- The opportunity to improve future employment prospects
- Developing new skills; increased confidence and self-esteem
- Making a difference to the lives of people in your community.
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?
You may like to chat with a member of staff about whether this is the right role for you, or you may be ready to apply right now.
Either way, just click the ‘I’m interested’ button below to leave your contact details, and a member of staff will be in touch to discuss your next steps in becoming a Family Action volunteer.