This role involves working directly with families and, as such will be subject to references and a DBS check. You must have experience as a parent/carer or having worked with families. Full training and support is given before you start the role and throughout your journey with us. There is an online training package which can be completed at your own pace. Topics covered include: The role of a volunteer, Safeguarding, Listening and communication skills.
We also offer optional face to face sessions designed to compliment the online training which can be done at any time. They are a great way to meet other volunteers and team members.
2023 dates for face to face Family Volunteer training : March 13th, June 12th, Sept 11th, Dec 11th
If you want to find out more or book a slot for this Family Volunteer training please contact: Sarah Stapleton, Service Lead: Sarah.Stapleton@familyfirst-uk.org
For all other voluntary roles you will be offered an “Introduction to Family First” session run as an informal coffee and chat session. We can tailor any other training and support to suit individual roles and needs. This could include, for example, shadowing another team member at a fundraiser or event.
For more information or to apply for a fundraising and events volunteer role, please contact: Annmarie.Goode@familyfirst-uk.org
We asked our volunteers what the best thing about being a volunteer was, here are some of their answers:
- Supporting families, being that one person who can be that listening ear.
- Getting involved with a family who need some help, and who I am making a strong relationship with.
- New challenges – completely different to my normal job. Feels like I can make a difference in a small way
- Seeing people grow in confidence and tackle issues, which they would have otherwise been reluctant to.