Family Lives are looking for Volunteer Befrienders.
Could you help families cope with the ups and downs of family life?
Family Lives, a national charity providing parenting and family support, is running a project to support families through befriending support. If you can spend a few hours of your free time each week to get involved in your local community and build a friendship with a parent who is struggling to balance their family life, we really want to hear from you.
Often, all people need to solve their problems is a listening ear, some positive support and a boost in confidence. You can help families improve their lives, supporting them to create positive environments for themselves and their children.
Our befriending volunteers will:
- visit a family to befriend them on a one to one basis
- visit children’s centres and community venues to talk to parents
- help our staff to set up parent support groups and signpost parents to services that can support them
Our volunteers receive ongoing training and support from our dedicated team of staff, who are always on hand to offer guidance. We also offer an OCN (Open College Network) qualification to those who complete our full training programme, and we pay out of office expenses.
You don’t need any specific qualifications but you will need to be understanding and resilient. You will also need to have experience of being in a caring or parenting role or have experience of supporting parents or young people. If you are pursuing a professional career in counselling or social work, this opportunity may particularly interest you as it offers hands on experience of working with families.
To download a full role description and application form, please visit our website (www.familylives.org.uk/content/volunteer-family-lives).
Contact Charlotte Willson, Volunteer Development Officer:
Tel: 01453 751676, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.