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CSV is the UK’s largest volunteering and learning organisation. Amongst its many volunteer projects, CSV runs projects which support children in care, ex-offenders leaving custody, people with learning disabilities and adults with mental health issues.
CSV’s Volunteers Supporting Families project is a development of its groundbreaking Volunteers in Child Protection project (ViCP), initially set up in response to the death of Victoria Climbié and the Lord Laming enquiry that followed, and its sister project, Parent Mentoring. The project offers a pioneering approach, recruiting volunteers from the local community to provide support to families whose children are at risk or have a safeguarding plan.
VsF volunteers provide a listening ear and a helping hand to families who need support. This could involve helping with practical tasks, supporting the family to access local services or being an understanding listener for a stressed parent. As each family is different, each VsF volunteer will carry out activities with the family they are matched with according to their specific needs. Volunteer activities will be agreed in advance by CSV and other relevant professionals. The role of the volunteer will complement the activities of Social Care teams and other professionals.
Typically, volunteers will:
- Visit the family regularly at set times at their home
- Build a trusting relationship based on mutual respect
- Offer appropriate support to help improve parenting skills
- Carry out appropriate practical tasks to assist the family
- Provide a sound role model to children and parents
- Help the family access available community resources (for example, health information, education providers, Citizens Advice Bureau)
- Share issues and concerns with Social Care teams or other relevant professionals with the consent of the parents -wherever possible and appropriate
- Keep written records and submit them regularly to the CSV Project Manager.
Volunteers will be provided with monthly supervision meetings and will be able to contact project staff at any time
Volunteers will receive two and a half days training covering topics such as:
Training will include input from local Social Care Professionals. Additional learning/training opportunities will be made available to volunteers such as e-learning programmes on relevant topics
2-4 hours per week
Minimum commitment of 6 months – in order to give volunteers and families time to build trusting and successful working relationships.
VsF volunteering is a challenge and a VsF volunteer is a very special person. CSV are looking for volunteers who have the following key attributes:
- The motivation to help and support a vulnerable family
- An understanding of the needs of the families we support
- A positive and friendly attitude and a willingness to listen and be patient
- The ability to be a reliable, consistent and positive presence in a family’s life.
DBS Requirements (Previously known as CRB Check)
A DBS is required for this opportunity. This can be provided for all home students.
Type of Opportunity
This is an individual opportunity with an external organisation. Students are required to apply through the normal Volunteering application process and may then be invited for an informal interview with the external organisation.
For an application pack, or o find out more information about this opportunity please contact Caroline Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 225 4226.