Volunteering

We really value our volunteers, who are an integral part of the service we offer to families. There are a number of volunteering opportunities within the service.

“I had so much help and guidance as a volunteer and I truly felt part of the team. Volunteering gave me lots more confidence and I feel I can achieve anything.” 

Whatever your skills, knowledge, or life experiences, you will have something valuable to offer. Our aim is to ensure our volunteers play a full and active part in the Children’s Centre Service delivery and are an integral part of the organisation and any future development.

Our Children's Centre Service volunteer opportunities

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer with us. If you would like to find out more please speak to a member of staff at your local Children’s Centre or email the team.

As things start to open up again, we are keen to start recruiting new volunteers, so why not give your local Children’s Centre Service team a call for more information? 

If you would like to apply, you can download our volunteer application form [PDF].

Why volunteer?

People volunteer for many reasons, which include:

  • Gaining confidence
  • Giving something back to their local community or making a difference
  • Work experience
  • Meeting new people and socialising
  • Learning new skills
  • Taking on a new challenge
  • Having fun

A Welcome Volunteer welcomes new families to sessions and makes sure everybody has someone to talk to. Being a Welcome Volunteer is a great way to gain confidence, improve your communication skills, and get experience of working in a group.

What does a Welcome Volunteer do?
  • Meet people who have not been to the sessions before and introduce them to other families
  • Make sure that everyone has someone to talk to.
  • Explain what a Children’s Centre session is like, when the snack time is, what song time is like, etc.
What skills and experience do Welcome Volunteers need?

No special skills or experience, but Welcome Volunteers need to be friendly.

What training is there?

There are five weeks of core volunteer training. Children's Workers will also be there to give advice and support.

How many hours per week?

Up to 2 hours a week.

A Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer is a mother who is breastfeeding or was recently breastfeeding, who supports other mums to help them keep breastfeeding for longer. It's a great way to gain confidence, support other mums, and improve your communication skills.

What does a Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer do?
  • Run BABES breastfeeding support groups alongside staff
  • Offer information and support to breastfeeding mums within a group setting
  • Offer telephone support to breastfeeding mums
What skills and experience do Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers need?

A peer supporter has to be breastfeeding or have recently breastfed. They should be able to get along with people.

What training is there?

There are ten weeks of breastfeeding peer support training, plus five weeks of core volunteer training.

How many hours per week?

Up to 2 hours a week.

An Early Years Volunteer leads on volunteer-led sessions for all families with children aged under five years, such as Stay and Play, and Under 1s groups.

This is a great opportunity to increase your confidence and gain experience of running play sessions. It's also possible to use your volunteering to gain a qualification.

What does an Early Years Volunteer do?
  • Helps plan and set up sessions.
  • Spends time in sessions interacting with children and talking to parents.
  • Helps to clear up at the end of sessions.
  • Leads and supports on Talking Walks, modelling strategies that support children’s communication and language development.
What skills and experience does an Early Years Volunteer need?

An Early Years Volunteer needs to like being with children and parents.

What training is there?

There are five weeks of core volunteer training. Each volunteer will also have a mentor.

How many hours per week?

Up to 2 hours a week.

An Admin Volunteer answers the telephone, covers reception, does typing and other office roles. This is a great way to improve your administrative skills, with the possibility of gaining a qualification.

What does an Admin Volunteer do?
  • Support Reception at busy periods in the Centre.
  • Meet and greet families
  • Filing, pulling together evaluation packs, answering the phone, photocopying group resources (for targeted interventions)
What skills and experience does an Admin Volunteer need?

The ability to communicate well and organisational skills.

What training is there?

There are five weeks of core volunteer training. Admin staff will also support and supervise you.

How many hours per week?

Between 2-4 hours a week.

PHEW (Parents Health and Emotional Wellbeing) Group Volunteers

A PHEW Group Volunteer works with a Children’s Centre staff member to run a small support group specifically for families who are finding being a parent difficult, or who may be feeling anxious, have low mood or be feeling lonely. 

This group is open to families with children aged under 5, with many of them having little ones aged under one.

What does a PHEW Group volunteer do:

Helps deliver activities based on mindfulness, stress relief and coping strategies, to help families improve their own emotional health and wellbeing, build confidence and make friends. 

What skills and experience does a PHEW Group volunteer need?

You’ll need to like being with families with young children, be friendly and able to give a listening ear.

What training is there?  

There are 5 weeks core volunteer training and 2 additional weeks focused on emotional health and wellbeing.

How many hours per week?

Up to 2 hours per week.

A EPEC (Empowering Parents Empowering Communities) Parent Group Leader Volunteer uses the skills and knowledge they have as a parent to deliver sessions to groups of other parents. 

 

What does a EPEC Parent Group Leader Volunteer do?
  • Deliver group sessions to parents
  • Organise refreshments
  • Manage the register
  • Set the room up
  • Distribute course materials
What skills and experience do EPEC Parent Group Leader Volunteers need?
  • Need to be a parent yourself
  • Enthusiastic, warm and non-judgemental
  • Be confident, with good organisational skills
  • Willing to undertake 10 weeks of training, then apply knowledge and skills to run the group.
What training is there?

A 10 week EPEC training programme

How many hours per week?

5 hours a week, once or twice a year

A FOOD Club Volunteer supports the FOOD (Food On Our Doorstep) Club that run from several of our Children’s Centres and also some community buildings. It’s a partnership we’ve got with Family Action, Fare Share and the local councils, helping to get healthier, affordable food to families, as part of the work to improve the home and community food environment.

It's a great way to gain confidence, support other families and improve your communication skills. If you’re thinking about working in retail or hospitality, it could be a great chance to gain some experience.

What does a FOOD Club Volunteer do?

  • Support setting out the food for that week’s FOOD Club
  • Run the FOOD Club alongside staff (Family Action and Children’s Centre Service)
  • Offer information and support to families
  • Take payments (contactless where possible)

What skills and experience do FOOD Club Volunteers need?

They should be able to get along with people and have an interest in food and healthy eating.

What training is there?

Five weeks of core volunteer training, plus additional training on Food Hygiene and Allergies, plus “on-the-job” training in how to take the payments.

How many hours per week?

2  - 4 hours a week.

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