Barnardo’s is committed to providing ‘Better Outcomes for More Children’. Our children’s services volunteers help the charity to deliver essential services in local communities, providing support to over 300,000 children, young people and their families. This role provides a great opportunity to join our fantastic children’s services and help make a real difference.
Barnardo’s Ukraine Support Helpline provides culturally sensitive signposting, advice and therapeutic support to young people, individuals and families affected and displaced by the Ukraine war.
The service offers 3 tiers of support: Tier 1: supporting young people, individuals and families who contact the Ukraine Support Helpline seeking advice, as well as practical and emotional support. This support includes signposting to Barnardo’s services and other organisations who can provide services to meet their needs. Tier 2: supporting young people, individuals and families where the level of need requires more in-depth support over a longer period. The Helpline Advisor works with the service user to develop a support plan and to address specific issues. Tier 3: providing tier 2 support along with therapy.
We are specifically looking for Helpline Advisor volunteers who can speak English and Ukrainian or Russian to: respond to contacts via the freephone number and email, provide more in-depth support in some circumstances and refer onto local Barnardo’s services and other organisations (where appropriate).
We are looking for excellent communicators looking to make a difference to the lives of individuals and their families who have been impacted by the Ukraine war.
Why we want you
Barnardo's protects, supports and nurtures the UK's most vulnerable children. Barnardo's helps bring out the best in children – no matter who they are or what they have been through. Our volunteers help make this happen.
What you will be doing
Providing information and advice to young people, individuals and families affected by the Ukraine war, who access our Helpline via email and a freephone number.
Providing emotional/moral/practical support for young people, individuals and families, while maintaining an appropriate volunteer/service user rapport.
Encouraging young people, individuals and families to access resources and signposting to relevant services (internally and externally).
Promoting and encouraging service users to make active choices and informed decisions.
Recording all contacts in line with Barnardo’s policies.
The skills you need
The ability to speak Ukrainian or Russian.
A good understanding of the issues experienced by people of diverse ethnic backgrounds, refugees and asylum seekers.
Reliable, punctual and trustworthy.
Approachable and welcoming.
The ability to ask questions and take feedback.
Excellent IT skills and be computer literate.
Flexible, committed and responsive to the needs of young people and families accessing the online service.
Being self-disciplined, self-motivated and self-reliant.
What's in it for you
Full induction and training.
Other training opportunities relevant to the volunteer role.
Regular supervision and support.
Out of pocket expenses agreed in advance.
Access to the Barnardo’s internal vacancy listing.
Our volunteers tell us about lots of other benefits of volunteering including; experience of working with children, young people and families; experience for your CV; supporting your local community; meeting new people; increasing self-confidence; feeling like you are making a difference; improving your health and wellbeing; and a chance to contribute to a worthwhile children’s charity.
We look to recruit a diverse range of volunteers. If your skills don't fit the role exactly, please do not let this put you off as we are able to be flexible with most of our roles. If you are unable to apply online through the link on this page, please contact the Barnardo's Volunteering Team on email@example.com or call us on 0208 498 7320