Firsthand Lothian

1:1 support - doing activities with children both at home & local community which provides regular respite for parent/carers. You will build children’s confidence & social skills & you will both have fun in the process. You can work alongside experienced staff if you want to gain experience in child care.

Current opportunities

You will be matched with a child/young person (4 to 16 years) who has additional support needs e.g. Learning Disability, Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s or their siblings. Spending regular 1:1 time with you, weekly for 3 or 4 hours, they will become more confident and have fun in the process. You will develop a positive and trusting relationship with the child you are matched with, encouraging and enabling them to go to places and try new things that interest them with you.

If you want to gain experience in childcare or disability then this role is the one for you! You will be matched with a child or young person who you will meet with on a regular basis spending 1:1 time with them, having fun whilst doing things and going places that they enjoy. Many parents are isolated and have no family living locally or friends who they can ask to help them out in times of need. Families with child/ren with a disability struggle to have any time away from their caring role.

Female buddy/befriender required to help a mum reach a personal goal over 16 weeks. Increase confidence building through sharing an interest and regularly meeting in the community or by videocall. Some note taking involved. Good verbal communication with mum and volunteer coordinator by video, text, phone or email. Time 4 Mum focusses on helping isolated parents and carers explore what is available to them in their local area. With the support of a volunteer parent/carers are encouraged to identify and try out an activity or hobby on a weekly basis until they are confident to attend without support and have built networks of their own.