Advocates

When parents meet with professionals to discuss their personal situation, they may feel intimidated, powerless and find the whole experience distressing. As a result parents sometimes find that they are unable to voice their views. Knowing that someone is on your side whilst attending these meetings can help you to express yourself coherently and create a better understanding.

Parents Aid are looking for volunteers to attend meetings with parents, be a second pair of ears when they may be unable to take in all that is said, or speak on their behalf if you feel that you are unable.

Please note:  Due to current safeguarding measures, all home visits are suspended, and all services are being delivered by telephone or zoom.  Training sessions are also currently delivered by zoom.

Skills

Common sense and a big heart required. Use of own car would be an advantage. No formal qualifications are required. Good listening and communication skills are however essential, as is a genuine desire to work with families in a non-judgemental and confidential manner. Maturity and life skills are welcome, as is an ability to work as part of team.


Details

  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 09/06/2021

End Date: 09/06/2022

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Availability Details

Training will normally take place on Tuesday mornings, but volunteers will need to be available at other times also to go to meetings with clients, or to meet with them at one of our locality surgeries, or where appropriate at their home. Some mid-week availability will always be necessary. Each volunteer’s time commitment will vary according to his/her own availability. Please note: Due to current safeguarding measures, all home visits are suspended, and all services are being delivered by telephone or zoom. Training sessions are also currently delivered by zoom.


Location

This opportunity is available Countywide.


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