Community Group Volunteer
Community Group Volunteer
Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as a Community Group Volunteer.
The Volunteer Role
We are looking to recruit people who wish to support children and families by delivering groups in their local area. Following training and a development period (see below), you will join other qualified volunteers and take full ownership of your chosen activity.
As a volunteer, you will be expected to:
- Promote your activity and encourage new families to attend
- Plan each session and deliver it with other volunteers
- Build strong professional relationships with service users and offer them individual support
- Set up and pack away the session
- Complete a register for group attendees
- Take responsibility for reporting back to the project
- Sign post service users to further support networks/services
- Deal with confidential information
- Inform our service users of any change to the group schedule
- Plan and prepare for any external visitors/speakers to the group
We are looking for volunteers who have:
- Full commitment to the group they are assigned to
- A desire to see children grow and thrive in a safe environment
- A welcoming, friendly and approachable manner
- A non-judgemental and supportive approach
- A dedication to inclusive practice
- An understanding of confidentiality
- An ability to be flexible and work as part of a team
- Good communication and listening skills
- Understand the importance of the work we do.
By volunteering in this role you could benefit from:
- Gaining an insight into voluntary sector and the family support arena
- Learning new skills and knowledge
- Improving your CV and employability
- Making a real contribution to supporting families who use our services
- Being part of a great team!
Training and Development
We are offering a unique experience for you to co-deliver local services. Rather than just supporting us, our volunteers take the lead in running groups and to that end, are trained to a very high standard to do so. Prior to leading a group, volunteers will be given full training on all of its aspects. Furthermore, new volunteers will be allocated a Community Development Worker who will support you through a development period (the time frame of this will depend on a volunteer’s experience).
Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works.
Action For Children’s South Worcestershire Parenting and Community Development project plays an important role in supporting local families with children aged 0-19. By providing training, advice and guidance the local Action For Children team empower their clients 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 for clients.
SWPFS 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.