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Family Support & Befriending Volunteer

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Alongside paid staff colleagues volunteers will build relationships will families, children and young people to help them build resilience.

Key Tasks
It helps us to be most responsive when volunteers are trained in support children and families in a variety of ways, however we will also take into account the preferences of the volunteer when agreeing a role.

Key tasks may include:

Family Support
Spending time with families in their own home to build trusting relationships which 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 or young person. On occasion befriending can be offered to adults as well.

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
• Helping the child, young person or adult to build their self-esteem and
• Creating opportunities for a child or young person to experience new activities
and develop their interests

Group work
This may include working with young people, kinship carers, parents and children, supporting Children 1st staff in a group work setting.

All Family Support and Befriending Volunteers will:
• Ensure prompt and ongoing communication with Children 1st
• In conjunction with Family Support 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. Some children have little to smile about. We’re determined to give them reasons to. 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.











Experience required: Will role requires volunteers to be members of the PVG scheme.
Travel details: This role will most likely take place in families’ homes or in community venues and therefore travel requirements will vary.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Children 1st is happy to reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred as part of the role.
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 Support 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. These sessions will be held at our office in Bourtreehill, Irvine. This is followed by 33 hours of supervised practice in the volunteering role. The training has been externally credit rated at SCQF Level 5 by Edinburgh Napier University. 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.
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