Sitting Service - Children and Young People

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Volunteers provide respite care and support to children and young people with additional support needs (and siblings) and their families, in the families own home. Support is provided by 2 volunteers for a few hours of an evening, usually monthly but this can change depending on a family’s individual needs.

Volunteers can play games, do arts and crafts, watch TV, read stories etc. Activities will vary depending on the age and ability of the child or young person. This role provides needed respite to parents and carers.

The role usually takes place on a Friday or Saturday evening but the depending on the family the role could take place on any weekday/weekend evening or potentially could take place during the day on a weekday/weekend.

In Dundee we also do partnership working with Action For Children and during the induction process you will learn about what AFC do and roles available with them. This partnership is to allow volunteers various opportunities across organisations to build up their experience.

Organisation aims and objectives

Barnardo’s strives to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Barnardo’s vision today is that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination. We want to bring out the best in every child no matter who they are or what they have been through. We deal with various issues such as poverty, neglect, homelessness, bereavement, domestic violence and disability. We look at the bigger picture and strive for a better future for all children and young people. Action for Children supports disadvantaged children, young people and families across various services in the UK. Action for Children intervenes to stop neglect and abuse and also offer services to support children, young people and families with disabilities. AFC want to help support children, young people and families to fulfil their potential and make the most of their lives.










The sessions will usually be once a month for around 3-4 hours per session and will take place on a weekday or weekend and could be during the day or in an evening. Usually there are 6 sits in total, one per month over 6 months.


A minimum age of 18 for volunteers due to the responsibility involved for the role.
Experience required: Volunteers do not need to have previous experience supporting children and young people with additional support needs but if a volunteer does have previous experience with children and young people with additional support needs it would be welcomed. We are looking for volunteers who are motivated, reliable and want to make a difference to children and young people lives.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: The role takes place at the family home, in Dundee. Travel expenses are reimbursed for public transport and mileage to and from the family home. (Dundee boundaries only). For some of the sits a taxi fare can be reimbursed for getting home. Receipts are required when claiming.
Training details: Provided with an induction process that covers: child protection, confidentiality, and professional boundaries (to name some). There are various training opportunities outside the induction including trauma informed practice and volunteers are also supported by the volunteer coordinator with regular supervision provided.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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