The Hampshire Healthy Families service is looking for enthusiastic and creative volunteers to support project staff and health visitors in the delivery of services and activities to children, parents and carers. There are a variety of exciting opportunities - if you are interested in applying we will explain the different activities available and look at what interests you the most to determine the best role for you.
Barnardo’s work with Health Visiting Teams across eight areas in Hampshire. Each area runs a variety of community based programmes, led by a Barnardo’s Community Health Development Worker (CHDW), who is supported by a cohort of volunteers.
Group and activity support:
· Help run a Ready Steady Mums group (social walking group);
· Promote the Five to Thrive approach to families, and help support workshops designed for new/first time parents;
· Support the HENRY programme (Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young), promoting a healthy start in a child’s life;
· Help run health roadshows and other relevant activities provided by Healthy Families that promote healthy outcomes for children across Hampshire.
Child health clinic support:
be expected to:
· Support the health visiting teams to create a welcoming, friendly and safe environment for families;
· Set up and help run safe play activities;
· Help to ensure Health and Safety requirements for the sessions are met;
· Actively promote key public health messages (resources & appropriate training given where required).
Peer befriender volunteers will support parents, carers and families in the community who may find it daunting to access health services, groups and activities in their local community. For example, you may meet someone outside a toddler group, clinic etc, and go into the activity/group with them. This role will enable the family to access community groups.
A desire to volunteer with children and adults;
Good listening skills with an empathetic approach;
Patience and strong relationship-building skills:
Able to travel around your local area and willing to help others access different services within their community, often by public transport;
Willing to provide an online summary of what you have done each time you volunteer (this usually requires access to a computer or smartphone);
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
We will reimburse reasonable expenses (travel costs, parking, etc.) on a regular basis. A receipt will be necessary in order for you to claim. Car insurance will need to state ‘Business Use’ in order to claim car mileage expenses.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
Regular supervision and support from the Volunteer Coordinator; Support from the Hampshire Healthy Families team whilst you are volunteering
- Training provided
With the support of the Volunteer Coordinator you will be guided through the first few weeks with us by completing a full Barnardo’s volunteer induction, and then receive on-going support throughout your time with us. You will receive: Full volunteer training: including Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity, and Professional Boundaries; Access to additional training via our Volunteer Academy;
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Monday – Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm only Willing to volunteer a minimum of one 3 hour session per week;
This opportunity is available in the following areas: