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* Family Support Volunteers Central

Our Vision

Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

We need volunteers to support our staff and the children and carers attending our groups who are resident in the North and Outer West areas of Newcastle.

 

Activities will include:

  • Supporting play between the children and carers within our venues and other community buildings
  • Promoting the learning opportunities associated with activities offered, which could be Parenting Groups or Adult Learning courses
  • Signposting carers to appropriate members of staff or other services for support and advice
  • Helping to set up and clear away after activities
  • Opportunities to accompany families to other groups and services
  • Reporting any concerns or problems to staff members
  • Contributing to the planning and evaluation to develop the group
  • Opportunities to become involved in other Action for Children volunteering roles locally and nationally
  • As part of Action for Children's Safeguarding Policy we will expect all volunteers to undergo a disclosure check. This will be organised by project staff

We work together to reach our vision of safe and happy childhoods. A diverse workforce enriches the lives of the children and young people we work with and we welcome applications from everyone. We value and celebrate our differences and as an inclusive workplace we want everyone to be themselves.

Contact: Clare Bowley at clare.bowley@actionforchildren.org.uk who will be happy to support with your application.

Action for Children are PassionateAmbitiousCollaborative and Inclusive. We aspire for every child and young person in the country to have a safe and happy childhood and the foundations they need to thrive.

 

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* Merseyside Junior Mentoring

Our vision

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.

Tailored Support

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.

 

Proven Outcomes

  • 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.

 

 

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Ashington Children's Centre

Our Vision

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

 

Central Children’s Centre’s are there to ensure all children get the best possible start in life. We are a focal point in our community where families with children from birth to 19 years old can access all the services and information they need.

Children’s Centre’s:

  • offer family's a friendly place to go and get information and support on health, parenting, work and childcare.
  • give help and advice on child and family health, parenting, money, training and employment
  • provide learning together through play sessions for children under 5 years with mums, dads, carers and their children, and there are lots of opportunities for families to develop new skills
  • offer outreach and home visiting, and services for children and parents who need it through the 'early help' process for 0-19 years of age.
  • provide early learning opportunities for pre-school children

 

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Bedlington CC

Our Vision

Location: Bedlington Children Centre Northumberland

Our service enables to ensure all children get the best possible start in life .

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South Lakeland Children's Centres

South Lakeland Children's Centres

We are commissioned by Cumbria County Council to deliver a 0-19 Child and Family Support Service across South Lakeland. We are based in 7 Children's Centres but also deliver work in schools, community venues and family homes. We work with children, young people and families and offer both universal and targeted support. This includes:

  • Advice and Information drop in sessions on a range of topics e.g. healthy eating, supporting children with additional needs, staying safe online
  • Play and learning sessions for pre-school children and their parents
  • Targeted group sessions to develop resilience, support parenting or improve emotional wellbeing
  • One to one support to meet the specific needs of children, young people and families
  • Signposting to partner agencies or specialist support

Action for Children works across the UK. From before they are born until they are into their twenties, we help disadvantaged children across the UK. We help them through fostering or adoption – and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse. We make life better for disabled children. We influence policy and advocate for change. Our 7,000 staff and volunteers operate over 600 services, improving the lives of 370,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. We succeed by doing what’s right, doing what’s needed, and doing what works for children. 

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