- Do I need to have experience?
- What training is provided?
- What support will I receive?
- What commitment is required?
No, you do not. You will need to have a caring and enthusiastic nature, good communication skills, good listening skills and an ability to empathise with people facing difficulties. We provide training and support and are happy to help people develop new skills and build on their existing experience. Volunteer Now
The initial induction training provides a good basis of knowledge about working with families, our policies, values and expectations. It also addresses any concerns you may have. There is a programme of further training for volunteers to access covering areas such as listening skills, post natal depression, autism, domestic abuse and attachment. These are a great way to keep informed about current issues and to meet up with other volunteers. All of our training is free. Volunteer Now
The Volunteer Co-ordinator is available to discuss any problems, queries or concerns that you have. She also offers telephone supervision so that you have the opportunity to reflect on your work with families, your personal/professional development and celebrate your successes. The Volunteer Co-ordinator will contact you after your initial visit to each family and will keep in touch throughout the period of support. Volunteer Now
Whilst you are supporting a family, the level of commitment is six sessions of two hours each (usually once a week). After six sessions, the support is reviewed with you and the family and may be extended. There is an expectation that volunteers will attend training sessions provided by Family Friends. Volunteer Now