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Volunteers in the Broadland area
We are looking for volunteers in Broadland who would be interested in supporting families in their local community. If you are interested, please contact Emma on (01603) 621702, email Emma or complete the application form below and send it to Families' House, 125 Ber Street, Norwich, NR1 3EY.
We are looking for volunteers who would like to support Families' House in a fundraising campaign. If you are interested in taking part please email Louise Richmond
, Deputy Manager.
Salary: Unpaid but travel expenses provided
Families' House have many roles available for volunteers, the main one being our Volunteer Befriending Service for which we have an Approved Provider Standard from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.
The aim of the Volunteer Befriending Service is to provide trained, non-judgemental volunteers to support families who need extra help in dealing with their difficulties.
The role of a Volunteer within the Befriending Service
The purpose of the volunteer is to befriend and help a family, who have expressed a wish for support, through a time of difficulty.
Volunteers may support a family by
- Listening, sharing parenting ideas, helping parents and children develop through play, finding information and signposting to other agencies
- Volunteers aim to help families boost their self esteem and become self supporting where possible
What skills and qualities do you need to become a Volunteer?
- An understanding of the challenges that face modern families
- A calm, non-judgmental manner
- A commitment of time! Usually 2-3 hours a week to visit a family
- Good communication and listening skills
- A desire to develop existing skills by joining with other volunteers for additional training events
- A belief in the value of talking and sharing experiences
- To agree to follow policies and procedures of Families’ House, particularly with regard to equal opportunities, confidentiality, child protection and personal safety.
What can Families’ House offer you?
- Volunteers attend an initial training programme and receive regular on-going training, supervision and support
- The opportunity to meet new people and make new friends
- Personal development, valuable experience and help with career prospects
- Responsive, regular and friendly support
- Public liability and personal accident insurance
- Social events
- Regular newsletters
- A sense of satisfaction and achievement.
Volunteers are subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and would like to know more please contact Emma Cameron, our Family Support Service Co-ordinator on 01603 621702
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