Barnardo's

Charity registered in Scotland SC037605

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.


Current opportunities

Direct work with children and young people who have additional support needs in a group setting over school holidays. This role involves supporting children and young people from early years up to 18 with various activities out and about in the community where possible or will be based at the Fleuchar Street Office in Dundee. We are adapting the role due to recent events and we are trying to utilise outdoor space as much as possible and keeping safe distances indoors and follow guidelines for direct contact. PPE is available and provided to volunteers and we have risk assessments in place to ensure that volunteers are able to volunteer in a safe setting. During the school holiday activity days, volunteers provide one to one support in a group setting, alongside other volunteers and staff, for children and young people with additional support needs. The volunteers’ role is to participate in arranged activities such as arts and crafts, games indoors, messy play and in the garden area and to encourage their linked child to participate safely. Volunteers are provided with information about their child and are introduced at the start of the day. Volunteers support children and young people to enjoy new experiences, develop new interests and build their confidence. Children, young people and volunteers have the opportunity to go out and about in the local community (where possible) and have fun!

Volunteers support group work activities for children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families, including fun activities out and about in the community and at the local office. Barnardo’s and Action For Children work in partnership in Dundee to provide group work opportunities in the local community. Volunteers support group work activities for children and young people up to age 18 and their families. Examples include, group activities for children and young people with additional support needs and their siblings; family group work such as ‘eat well, play well’ group; art in the environment group; parent/carer group. Volunteers help to run group activities, encouraging safe participation. They can also provide help with a crèche to enable parents/carers to participate. They can also assist by transporting or escorting service users to groups. We are adapting the role due to recent events and we are trying to utilise outdoor space as much as possible and follow guidelines for direct contact. PPE is available and provided to volunteers and we have risk assessments in place to ensure that volunteers are able to volunteer in a safe setting.

Volunteers provide 1:1 support to children and young people out and about in the local community to increase their confidence and improve peer relationships. Volunteers help involve children and young people in new activities, helping them to discover new interests that they will enjoy and participate in. We are adapting the role due to recent events and we are trying to utilise outdoor space as much as possible and follow guidelines for direct contact. PPE is available and provided to volunteers and we have risk assessments in place to ensure that volunteers are able to volunteer in a safe setting. Barnardo’s and Action For Children work in partnership in Dundee to provide befriending opportunities in the local community. Volunteers have the opportunity to befriend young people aged 16-25, living in Action For Children’s supported accommodation and out and about in the local community. Volunteers also have the opportunity to befriend children and young people from early years up to 18 in Barnardo’s Child and Family Support Service some of whom have additional support needs, siblings of those with additional support needs and those who have been affected by adverse childhood experiences. Volunteers provide quality one to one time on a regular basis and are there to listen, to talk and support children and young people and to support access to local education, leisure and recreational opportunities Befriending activities vary according to service user need. They may take place out in the community or in supported accommodation. For example, some need support to go to an activity in the community; some just need someone to talk to one to one; some need help with daily tasks. Volunteers help service users build confidence, meet new people and support them with practical life skills