Family Support Volunteer (Next Training April 24).

Volunteers will work alongside parents and carers to provide support, using family support techniques as outlined in training, visiting families in their home to deliver agreed support to improve family relationships and prevent breakdown.

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Many families encounter difficult and challenging times and many will find ways to deal with their problems, getting the support they need from friends and relatives. There are times, however, when problems can seem too overwhelming to manage without support. Some of the most complex and difficult issues facing families today (including: mental health problems, drug and alcohol issues, domestic abuse, social isolation, learning disabilities), can have a huge impact on the stability of family life, and may have a significant impact on the health, wellbeing and development of all family members. Hampshire Children’s Services feel that families facing these difficulties should have the support they need to become stronger, happier and healthier. With the right kind of support, families can overcome their difficulties.

Volunteers will visit families in their homes or other local settings to build up ongoing relationships. They may also support and facilitate families to attend appointments and meetings as needed.  The amount of support each family requires will vary depending upon their needs. Volunteers will need to be able to commit to a weekly visit and be able to offer ongoing support to the family. The amount and timing of support will be discussed and agreed at the initial matching stage.

Skills

Training and support will be provided therefore previous experience is not essential.

We are seeking volunteers who feel able to:

· Communicate and ensure people, with varied levels of ability, understand information.

· Build and maintain positive, on-going relationships with parents/carers.

· Listen and remain calm and impartial when dealing with families.

· Support parents to find solutions relating to behaviour management, home conditions, routines, organisation and other issues identified.

· Record information.

· Respect differing views of individuals and work in a non-judgmental way.

· Respect confidentiality and the agreed information sharing process.

· Have the confidence to report concerns to their Volunteer Coordinator.

· Be able to describe their role and maintain professional boundaries.


Details

  • Accessibility
    Depends on venue
  • Age restrictions
    18+ only
  • Current Driving Licence
  • DBS check required
    Enhanced DBS.
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Pay mileage expenses at 45p/ mile (mileage expenses can only be paid on evidence that you have business insurance and an MOT)
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Recruitment Process
    Informal chat, application form, interview, references x2
  • Training provided
    Training dates run throughout the year.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Volunteers will need to be able to commit to a weekly visit and be able to offer ongoing support to the family. The amount and timing of support will be discussed and agreed at the initial matching stage.


Location

The role is available countywide
GU51 4AE

RG21 7JT

GU14 7JU


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