(We’re currently recruiting for Group Volunteers – 11/12/2016)
Group volunteers are part of a special team that provide creative and stimulating play opportunities for children with complex needs in a safe environment. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of the session from setting up, delivering the session activities, encouraging children to play, talking with parents and cleaning up once the session finishes ready for the next group.
Our trained volunteers, all have experience of working with children, give emotional and practical support to children within the group sessions. Home-Start volunteers represent a lifeline for many families at the Hub who require additional support to give their child a helping hand in reaching their full potential, the sessions are often a welcome break for parents.
Having a friend can be one of the most enriching and supportive relationships in a person’s life … and it can easily be taken for granted. At Home-Start Wirral we value friendship.
There are 168 hours in a week…can you spare a morning or an afternoon a week?
Will I be the right sort of person to support children with complex needs?
Home-Start volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. All that we ask of you is that you have experience of working with children in groups, knowledge of child development, that your agile enough to play with young children and can spare at least a morning or an afternoon a week.
What will being a volunteer involve?
Volunteers will work as a team to follow the activity session plan. This will involve preparing the room (i.e. setting up arts & crafts, toys& activities, risk assessing), meeting and greeting parents, supporting children to play, take part in activities, working alongside visiting professionals , cleaning up after the session and tidying away.
Being a Home-Start Hub volunteer means offering support and spending time with families in a way that meets their needs.
What will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?
- Work towards a qualification in childcare
- You will be helping a family to cope with the pressures they are facing and make a real difference to the lives of parents and their children
- You will receive support and training to prepare you for all aspects of your role with Home-Start
- You will make new friends and have lots of fun
- You will develop new skills through ongoing monthly training, and have some wonderful experience to add to your CV
- Out of pocket expenses will be paid
I’m not a parent, can I still get involved?
Yes you can still get involved but you will need to have some experience with groups of children.
Find out more about roles for people who are not parents here.