Family support group helper

Volunteers will help with the delivery and facilitation of SHINE Parenting workshops, which support parents/carers of children with social and communication needs.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

Setting up group activities in advance and clearing away afterwards. This might include preparing refreshments/snacks, organising the layout of the room, preparing resources and tidying the room after the group.
Sharing knowledge and experience about parenting and offering positive solutions to difficult circumstances.
Establishing trusting relationships with parents facing difficulties managing their roles/lives.
Providing a listening ear and emotional support to parents in problematic situations.
Providing information, advice and support to individual families, to enable them to achieve the desired outcomes within their support plan.
Adhering to Barnardo's policies and procedures at all times, including Barnardo's: Safeguarding; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Health & Safety; Data Protection; Confidentiality; Recording policies and procedures.
Participating fully in training and supervision.
Volunteering within Barnardo's Basis and Values.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Reliable, punctual and trustworthy.
Approachable and welcoming.
The ability to communicate and engage with children, young people and families.
Being non-judgmental and positive in their attitude to working with individuals from different backgrounds.
Having some knowledge and understanding of supporting parents and carers, and the issues faced by disadvantaged families.
Having personal experience with running a home and/or maintaining family routines.
The ability empathise with children, young people and families, who may be facing difficult times in their lives.

Areas of Interest: Children, Families, Health and wellbeing, Mental Health, Young people
Opportunity suitable for: Groups, Indoor, People seeking work
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Providing advice, Support Work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Barnardo's
Organisation Profile: We change the lives of the children and young people in the UK who most need our help. We listen to them. We believe in them – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. This belief started with our founder Thomas Barnardo, who stood up for the most vulnerable children in society. Our vision is his vision – a world where no child is turned away.