We are seeking individuals who can offer their time and skills towards furthering our goals, and who can take on the responsibility of being a Trustee. We seek enthusiastic individuals who have an interest in the wellbeing of children and families living locally, and who have the ability to work effectively as part of a team, and who seek to be part of a valued local organisation.
Home-Start Orkney provides volunteer befrienders who support parents and their young children through difficult and challenging circumstances, including isolation, relationship difficulties, financial difficulties, having children on the autistic spectrum, lone parenting, parenting twins, the effects of domestic abuse, poor health and many other situations which affect families living in Orkney. The volunteers support the families for 2-3 hours per week, helping practically, providing emotional support, and encouraging parents in their parenting skills, confidence and self-esteem. In addition, we have a weekly Drop-in for supported families at our office premises, as well as monthly Bookbug and Peedie Puffin sessions. We can also offer parents the Triple P parenting programme, either individually or in a group. The service is available to families across Orkney, including the isles. For further details on support in the isles, please contact Elsie Cooper on the number given above. **UPDATE DUE TO COVID** we are currently working from home so the office is shut but we are still accepting referrals. We can temporarily be contacted by phone on these mobile numbers as alternative numbers to contact us instead of the office no: 079 386 34075 and 077 576 28 214
Responses to group Trustee emails on matters pertaining to the running of the service between Trustee meetings is required.
Experience required: Key skills include: • Financial management • Employment • Data Protection • IT Skills Good communication skills and the ability to engage effectively are also required.
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Training details: Trustees go through an initial period of induction, with support from current Trustees, Senior staff and Home-Start UK, our parent body. Ongoing support and training can also be sourced via Home-Start UK, and also locally within the 3rd sector network in Orkney.