Through a network of trained and DBS checked volunteers who are parents or have relevant experience we support hundreds of parents and children who are experiencing difficulties of one kind or another. Our families need support for many reasons including social isolation, depression, disability, bereavement or the illness of a parent or child. Every Child and Family matter and the only criteria for us to give support is that they have at least 1 child aged between 5 and 11 years
Volunteer family workers visit families in their own homes and provide a listening ear, reassurance, help with the children, a shoulder to cry on and support parents to access local services.
What sort of person volunteers as a family worker?
Volunteers are normally parents or have parenting experience, and are all ages and from all walks of life. Volunteers may want to gain experience working with families, broaden their skills, make the most of their spare time by supporting a family, meet other local people or get involved in their local community.
You will get a real sense of fulfilment from being involved in the local community, have access to free training, increased job prospectives, make new friends, have fun, learn new skills and uncover hidden talents. Family Friends is committed to supporting the self-development of our volunteers, and assists volunteers in achieving their personal goals wherever we can.
You’ll need to commit at least 2 hours a week to visiting a family, agree to a DBS check and complete a 40 hour (10 session) preparation course. You will have the full support of a coordinator, quarterly reviews and the opportunity to attend further training.
Interested? - Contact us for more information or click here for a Volunteer Application Form
We are always looking for people to get involved in our work and often need new Trustee Committee Members, Fundraisers and Group Helpers. Contact us for more details of getting involved or alternatively, you can make a donation.
Registered Charity Number 1160655