School Health Volunteer
School Health Volunteer
Support the Public Health nursing team to deliver the
What does this role involve?
- Support the Hearing Screening Programme and National Childhood Measurement Programme within Schools across Worcestershire for reception aged children (4-5yrs) and year 6 children (aged 10-11 years)
- Assist the Health Care Support Workers with setting up and tidying away/cleaning the equipment after sessions
- Meet and greet school aged children
- Collect and return children to and from their classrooms
- Being a friendly face, reassuring the children about the procedures for having their hearing tested, and height and weight measurements completed
- Sit with and reassure children who are waiting for their hearing test and helping to keep the room quiet for the children being tested
- Willingness to work within different schools and to be able to travel independently to the schools (on occasions)
- Help at community events, distribute resources and signpost to support within the Starting Well Partnership
- Good communication skills with children and adults
- Reliable and willingness to adapt to different situations
- Maintain confidentiality
- Understand professional boundaries
- Knowledge and training around safeguarding and how to escalate any concerns
In preparation for taking on the School Health Volunteer role, you will complete a 3-week induction course (3 x sessions lasting 2 hours each). This is in addition to any volunteer training processes required by the host organisation. As a new volunteer you will be volunteering alongside Health Care Support Workers who will support you.
Once qualified, School Health Volunteers may be interested in exploring other opportunities within the Starting Well partnership.
When considering whether to apply for this role, you should be willing to commit to at least one year of volunteering. Before becoming a volunteer, you will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS check (if you do not already have one in place which is registered on the DBS Update Service website). You can expect to receive regular support and supervision when carrying out your volunteer role including a comprehensive induction before you start.
Action For Children Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire
We place children, young people and families first, delivering safe high quality services that empower and enable children, young people and families to achieve their full potential.
We play an important role in supporting local families in South Worcestershire with children aged 0-19. By providing training, advice and guidance the local Action For Children Starting Well team empower families to 'nip things in the bud' early and this limits the risk of escalation. The service places an emphasis on a holistic ‘whole family’ approach that will result in long term, sustainable change.
Our work includes: Children Centre services, positive parenting courses, adult learning, support within schools and communities to engage young people with their education and work journey, and advice and guidance to young people who are not in education.
What Volunteers Say...
I was directed to Action for Children by a colleague on my course and after an initial meeting and attending the volunteer training session, with the Senior Volunteer Co-ordinator, I obtained a placement at the Buttercup Centre. The recruitment process was really simple and the support received from my supervisors and others at the centre is fantastic. If there is anything I am unsure of or the parents are looking for guidance, I know who to ask and where to signpost them.
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