Description

Looking for a fulfilling volunteer role that has direct impact on the lives of critically ill children and their families? This may be your next opportunity.

We are looking for friendly and reliable volunteers who have great listening skills and experience of working with families and children. You’ll be visiting children who have been referred to us, at a time that suits them - and helping them to unlock their wildest imagination to discover their One True Wish.

For further details please contact Joanna Sopylo-Firrisa, People Services Coordinator at E Mail: joanna.sopylo-firrisa@makeawish.org.uk or tel.: 0118 304 2772.

Organisation aims and objectives

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Whether it's starring in their own films, walking with dinosaurs, going on an amazing holiday, meeting a celebrity hero, or having a bedroom makeover; our wishes are varied, personal and life-changing. We go above and beyond to grant amazing wishes to very amazing children; their One True Wish made a reality at a time when they need it most. Because a child's life shouldn't be about illness, hospitals and diagnosis - it should be about wonder, joy and hope. We've seen the effects a wish can have on a seriously ill child: from creating incredible memories, building confidence and bringing happiness, to providing respite from the daily struggles that come with a critical illness. We know what wishes can give, and this is the driving force behind why we continue to do what we do.

Restrictions

Experience required: >Ability and confidence in talking to children. >Empathetic, tactful and respectful. >Excellent listening and communication. >Written communications. >Ability to maintain professional boundaries. >Reliability. >Access to a car/good transport links. >Access to the Internet.
Travel details: You’ll be home-based but visiting children, young people and their families within a 30 miles radius of where you live. As a Wish Visitor you’ll carry out at least 3 wish visits a year - you may have the opportunity, and choose to do considerably more! Wish visits can last anything between 30 minutes and two hours. Outside of the visit itself, you’ll also need to make time to contact the family to arrange the visit, and to write the report afterwards. You will also need to factor in travel time. You’ll need to be flexible as visits are arranged at times convenient to the family – this could be a weekday, evening or weekend - so the more flexible around timings you are, the better!
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We reimburse public transport travel based on receipts; car travel at £0.45p per mile; volunteers can submit expenses claim at any time and they’re paid weekly
Training details: Good support/training provided to all volunteers. Includes online Volunteer Welcome Induction, role-specific training provided by an experience Wish Visitor, any other on-going training as appropriate for the role. All help greatly appreciated.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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