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

We are looking for volunteers to help facilitate activities and to help support a group of children with and without additional support needs in Dundee for 6 weeks (1 session per week). Staff will be available at the groups, but this is a great opportunity for volunteers who have experience with children and young people with additional support needs or are currently studying a course where this role would be a great experience to enhance an individual’s studies. The group will be about improving mental well-being while doing different activities (games, arts and crafts, outdoor activities) which will be organised by the staff and volunteers. We are looking for volunteers who can work in a team and use their own initiative and will need to be reliable for attending the sessions on a regular basis per group. The group will take place across different venues in Dundee and will usually take place after school timing or early evening. Dates, place and timing will be organised by the Group Coordinator and take place usually over term time.

Volunteers provide respite care and support to children and young people with additional support needs (and siblings) and their families, in the families own home. Support is provided by 2 volunteers for a few hours of an evening, usually monthly but this can change depending on a family’s individual needs. Volunteers can play games, do arts and crafts, watch TV, read stories etc. Activities will vary depending on the age and ability of the child or young person. This role provides needed respite to parents and carers. The role usually takes place on a Friday or Saturday evening but the depending on the family the role could take place on any weekday/weekend evening or potentially could take place during the day on a weekday/weekend. In Dundee we also do partnership working with Action For Children and during the induction process you will learn about what AFC do and roles available with them. This partnership is to allow volunteers various opportunities across organisations to build up their experience.

At the Dundee Child and Family Support Service we are looking for volunteers to help with our school holiday activity days to provide one to one support (and general group support) in a group setting with other volunteers and staff members. The aim of the group is to support children and young people with additional support needs to engage with activities and to encourage interacting with peers and have fun in a supportive setting. The volunteers’ role is to participate in arranged activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, and games at a local base (i.e. primary school/community centre) or out and about in the local community. Other group work roles that we have available with the Dundee Service include Active Schools (through Dundee Leisure and Culture) which is a group to encourage children and young people with additional support needs in a school setting with physical education. The activities in the group are tailored to meet their individual needs while enabling the children and young people to access physical education. Volunteers support children and young people in various group settings to help them 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 and have fun! In Dundee we also do partnership working with Action For Children and during the induction process you will learn about what AFC do and roles available with them. This partnership is to allow volunteers various opportunities across organisations to build up their experience.

Volunteers to provide quality 1:1 time on a regular basis to help children and young people to access leisure and recreational opportunities in the local community and to help improve wellbeing. Activities can include going for a walk or going to a local park, doing some arts and crafts, local museums and going for a chat. This quality time would allow a space for children and young people to talk about how they are feeling as well as a time for them to have time in their local community. Some of the befriender roles offered can also be on a 2:1 basis alongside another volunteer or worker which is a great opportunity for volunteers to build up confidence before lone working. Some befriender roles may take place in a school setting depending on the need of the child and may take place during school hours. We also have roles available to help support a parent or to help support a family. The role could be going for a chat and a coffee and be a listening ear to a parent/carer who is caring after a child/young person with additional support needs. The family role could be helping to build up the confidence of the parent with the child/children in the home/local community. In Dundee we also do partnership working with Action For Children and during the induction process you will learn about what AFC do and roles available with them. This partnership is to allow volunteers various opportunities across organisations to build up their experience.