* Aberdeen Priority Families
Aberdeen Priority Families Service adopts a whole family approach to supporting and enabling families with multiple and complex needs to improve their life outcomes.
* Here4Me - Berkshire
Our project provides Independent Visitors, Mentors and Advocates for children and young people both in care and the edge of care.
You could help guide, advise, listen to and befriend young people in care, sharing their experience as well as trying new activities and spending quality time together.
* Merseyside Junior Mentoring
Junior Mentoring In Action
We work across Merseyside, focussing on children aged 5-11 years. They are experiencing difficulties which may be having a negative impact on their learning, confidence and social skills.
The programme provides a solution focused approach to support a child to develop their inner resources and strengths. Building their self-esteem, and finding positive alternatives to their challenging behaviour that could otherwise result in them not reaching their full potential.
We provide a tailored one-to-one mentoring package with a carefully screened, trained and supervised adult volunteers from within the community.
Volunteers are trained in using a solution focused approach to working with children, they cover safeguarding children, lone working and solution focused approach to working with children, before they are matched to a child. Safeguarding is paramount throughout our work.
- 96% OF THE CHILDREN ACHIEVE THEIR SET GOALS
- 98% SHOW AN IMPROVEMENT WITH ISSUES THEY WERE REFERRED FOR
The benefit of the mentoring service affects the individual child, their family life, their school academic life, the relationships with their friends and the life of the volunteer mentor.
* Northampton Community Short Breaks PMLD
Northants Short Breaks Service (SBS) is a county-wide service providing short breaks to children and young people and their families, supporting a range of ages and needs
We have an inclusive approach that takes into account age, disability, and wider needs. It fits with our ethos of believing in the importance of allowing children and young people to socialise and develop relationships with other children and young people, regardless of their age, need and ability.
The SBS staff are highly committed and dedicated. We provide a safe, fun and consistent environment for children and young people to be themselves. Children and young people have the opportunity to socialise with peers, build confidence, resilience, self-esteem, and independence. Our clubs are a place to relax and have fun while learning and trying both new and familiar activities that help them to develop and grow. Action for Children staff provide and respond to the emotional, behavioural, physical, and medical needs of each child and young person.
Who we support
Children and young people in Northamptonshire, aged 5 to 18, with a range of needs, such as Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s, and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).
Parent, carers and families who have a child/children with a disability.
Disability Short Break Support Mentor
Disability Support Assistance
Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as an Disability Support Assistance.
- Be patient and reliable
- Have experience of or the desire to support children/young people with disabilities
- Have good communication skills
- Are able to work alongside a variety of different people
- Have a positive attitude
- Use your initiative but also ask for help when needed
- Be willing to challenge discrimination.
What you can expect:
- Interacting with service users, whilst listening to what they have to say, to make their voice heard
- Supporting with reading and writing tasks when needed
- Join in and helping with activities.
- Contributing to children/young person’s social, emotional and educational development
- Keeping records of activities including session and travelling times
What we can offer:
- Getting to know some great people!
- Gaining experience in supporting children and young people with disabilities
- Enjoying sense of personal satisfaction
Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works.
* Wirral Counselling services
Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire
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.
Vale Short Breaks
Our Vale of Glamorgan Short Breaks Project in Barry provides residential short breaks, community outreach services and Domiciliary Care for the most vulnerable disabled children and young people aged from 6 to 18 years in the Vale of Glamorgan.
We aim to reduce homelessness with young people by providing a range of interventions
We aim to reduce homelessness with young people by providing a range of interventions, including housing advice, conflict resolution, education in schools, group work and support for the individual young person.
We offer a general counselling and support service including befriending, advising on food preparation, reminding and non-specialist counselling where this does not overlap with similar services provided as personal care or personal support.
Our service is assist young people, between the ages of 16 - 25, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
We aim to provide;
- A welcoming and accessible service that respects and values young people as individuals
- A professional, non-judgemental and confidential way in a safe and comfortable environment
- Work in partnership with young people and where appropriate their families, employers, organisations and individuals
- Provide information and guidance to encourage young people to make informed healthy decisions