Volunteers to facilitate children from separated families seeing the parent they no longer live with

Our volunteers act as hosts at sessions when children come to have contact with a parent they no longer live with, so the volunteering is not "hands on" child care but it is interesting and varied as, for families to have got the point of needing to use a contact centre, they have usually reached the point where they are no longer able to communicate with each other. Often the children have witnessed abuse between their parents or may be coming to have contact with a parent they hardly know. All of this brings challenges for the volunteers!

We ask each of our volunteers to commit to covering one 3 hour session a month ad also to attend  3- 4 half day training sessions each year - all on Saturdays. Our volunteers work in teams of 4 -5, with a team leader and we currently have vacancies on teams at both our centres (Havant & Waterlooville venues).


We encourage potential volunteers to come to observe a session before deciding whetehr this opportunity will suit them or not.



Skills

1.           Cheerful

2.           Assertive but not dominant

3.           Re-assuring

4.           Ability to understand issues that affect separating families

5.           Ability to build relationships whilst remaining impartial

6.           Ability to deal with difficult situations and parents under stress

7.          Ability to work with others as part of a team


Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Over 18
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Not travel to and from sessions
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No Yes No
Afternoon No No No No No Yes No
Evening No No No No No No No

Location

Mill Hill Children's Centre
Mill Road
Waterlooville
PO7 7DB

Sharps Copse Children & Family Centre
Prospect Lane
Havant
PO9 5PE


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