Could you help support a parent in a meeting with educational professionals? Or can you see yourself visiting a parent at home to help them to write their views about their child's special educational needs?
Your role as an Independent Parental Supporter would help the parent to put across their views, help take notes to remind them of what was said and really help the parent to feel confident that their child is getting appropriate support.
Parents really appreciate the support an IPS gives.
This is an interesting and rewarding role and you can choose to do as little or as much as you would like.
Help parents understand paperwork or verbal advice from their child's school or the local authority relating to their child's education.
Listen to parents and encourage them to be confident in expressing their views.
Help parents to express their views in writing, seek clarification or request updates on progress.
Support parents at meetings with schools, colleges or the local authority.
Signpost to other organisations when information, advice and support is required about matters other than educational issues.
We are looking for someone who has:
Strong verbal communication skills
The ability to provide information in an impartial way
The ability to listen and reflect back
Effective writing skills
The ability to feel at ease with and relate to a wide range of people
Tact/diplomacy and respect for confidentiality
Depends on location of indivual meetings. Ideally volunteers need to be able bodied and have access to their own transport.
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Petrol @ 40p per mile.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
Ongoing support and supervision.
- Recruitment Process
- Training provided
Training can take place at the volunteer’s home on a one to one basis. However, if several volunteers come forwards at a similar time then a group training session is hosted in Winchester.
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Role is home-based with ongoing support - volunteers will visit families in their own homes and attend meetings in schools, colleges etc.
This opportunity is available in the following areas: