Family Wellbeing and Befriending Volunteer

  • VO85341


General Purpose of Role

To support the work of Children 1st staff in helping families become more resilient by getting alongside families and building relationships with the family group and/or an individual family member to:
• help reduce isolation and promote a sense of belonging by encouraging families to engage with their wider communities
• build on identified strengths to increase self-esteem and confidence in individuals
• support the work of Children 1st staff to assist parents to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children
All volunteering activity is linked to an assessment and workplan produced by the Family Wellbeing Worker and the family.
Key Tasks
Key tasks may include:

Family Support
Spending time with families in their own home to build trusting relationships so as to compliment and add value to the work of the Family Wellbeing Worker. Time may be spent:
• out and about with the family in the local community accessing resources such as libraries or groups, attending appointments or other similar family activities
• helping to establish and support individual/family play and activities
• offering support and encouragement to help a parent or carer maintain their relationship with their children

Developing a 1 to 1 supportive, reliable, social relationship with a child, young person or adult in the family. Time may be spent:
• Organising and undertaking weekly activities with a child or young person, collecting them from their home and returning them safely to their parent/carer
• Building a relationship with a child or young person that is focussed on their needs and abilities
• Supporting and developing a child or young person’s personal and social development
• Helping the child, young person or adult to build their self-esteem and confidence
• Creating opportunities for a child or young person to experience new activities and develop their interests
Group work and drop-in sessions
This may include working with young people, kinship carers, parents and children, supporting Children 1st staff in a group work setting.
All Family Wellbeing and Befriending Volunteers will:
• Ensure prompt and ongoing communication with Children 1st
• In conjunction with paid Project Workers, record interactions with children and family members as per Children 1st recording policy and requirements
• Attend relevant meetings such as supervision sessions, team meetings and training

Organisation aims and objectives

Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. We began in 1884 and for many years were known as the RSSPCC (Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). We became Children 1st in 1995. We did this to say that children are at the heart of everything we do. And that not only do we want to prevent harm - we also want to ensure every child gets the love and nurture they deserve. We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.










Frequency and commitment details

Volunteering takes place weekly for around 2 - 4 hours. We ask volunteers to commit to 1 year, post training.


Experience required: No specific experience is required as comprehensive training is provided. We are looking for volunteers who are compassionate, open-minded and non-judgemental.
Travel details: Volunteering takes place in the community so this will vary.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We are happy to reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses in line with our volunteer expenses policy.
Training details: Volunteers are provided with all of the training required to fulfil their role effectively and confidently. Volunteers are also given regular support and supervision by a member of staff. Family Wellbeing Volunteers complete our Volunteer Training and Assessment Programme (VTAP). VTAP consists of 7 Training sessions which equate to 20 hours of trainer-led group learning. During this time volunteers are required to undertake some written assignments at home; these usually take around 4 hours across the seven weeks. This is followed by 33 hours of supervised practice in the volunteering role. The training has been externally credit rated by Edinburgh Napier University at SCQF Level 5 (5 credits). This does not mean that volunteers get an accredited qualification, but that the course is externally verified as meeting the standards for that qualification level.

Last updated 7 days ago

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