Alongside paid staff colleagues volunteers will build relationships will families, children and young people to help them build resilience.
It helps us to be most responsive when volunteers are trained in support children and families in a variety of ways, however we will also take into account the preferences of the volunteer when agreeing a role.
Key tasks may include:
Spending time with families in their own home to build trusting relationships which compliment and add value to the work of the Family Wellbeing Worker. Time may be spent:
• out and about with the family in the local community accessing resources such
as libraries or groups, attending appointments or other similar family activities
• helping to establish and support individual/family play and activities
• offering support and encouragement to help a parent or carer maintain their
relationship with their children
Developing a 1 to 1 supportive, reliable, social relationship with a child or young person. On occasion befriending can be offered to adults as well.
Time may be spent:
• Organising and undertaking weekly activities with a child or young person,
collecting them from their home and returning them safely to their parent/carer
• Building a relationship with a child or young person that is focussed on their
needs and abilities
• Supporting and developing a child or young person’s personal and social
• Helping the child, young person or adult to build their self-esteem and
• Creating opportunities for a child or young person to experience new activities
and develop their interests
This may include working with young people, kinship carers, parents and children, supporting Children 1st staff in a group work setting.
All Family Support and Befriending Volunteers will:
• Ensure prompt and ongoing communication with Children 1st
• In conjunction with Family Support Workers, record interactions with children
and family members as per Children 1st recording policy and requirements
Attend relevant meetings such as supervision sessions, team meetings and training