St Ninian's Stay and Play Family Support Group

Charity registered in Scotland SC043514

We aim to support parents and their children under 5 years. In Mid Craigie many parents are unemployed resulting in low self esteem and self confidence. Juvenile crime is high. The local school, including the nursery department, has the highest exclusion rate in Dundee. We will provide activities for both children and parents designed to improve social wellbeing.

Current opportunities

Equipment for the play room is stored in many areas and some of it is of medium weight. We require someone who is prepared to move such equipment to the appropriate place and put it away at the end of the session. Cleaning and maintenance of equipment would suit someone interested in basic DIY.

We are looking for a enthusiastic person to join our team here at St. Ninian's where we work with and support the families in the community. Your role is to assist in setting up an attractive lunch following our Healthy Eating Plan. This is a simple lunch and consists of homemade soup, sandwiches, drinks and fruit. We also take into account the various ages of the children attending, this includes the needs of babies at different stages. We also take into account any allergies and other dietary requirements. During lunch we also offer taster sessions and encourage the families to enjoy this opportunity. After lunch you will be doing the washing up and cleaning the kitchen for the next day with the help of another volunteer.

Playing with kids Reading stories – helping parent/child contact and development- Making snacks Great opportunity to get experience working with parents and children under 5 to learn about child development and to advance your own personal development and learning by engaging in suitable training courses. Volunteers have responsibility for helping the fulltime staff to run the term time programme of activities that is planned. There is a good mixture of activities on offer including some help from outside agencies such as Homestart, Adult learning, Art Attack, Music man etc. These can include reading stories, rhyme time, crafts. There is also the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and to prepare lunches and snacks for the group. There are opportunities for both outdoor and indoor play with occasionally visits to other places. Volunteers are encouraged to do training which will help them with their CV, learn about child development and participate in doing so and to be part of the team. We aim to run a non-judgemental group where parents and child play, learn and develop together and apart. There are activities for children and for parents and things that they do together. We provide a free lunch at 12.00 where we all sit down and eat and share together. There are 2 members of staff a Family Support Worker who also does advocacy and an EYE.