Volunteer to support the siblings of the Children who use Haven House and assisting with various activities in school holidays.
We provide regular support groups and activity sessions for siblings to meet other brothers and sisters of children with life-limiting illnesses or those who have experienced bereavement. The service is hosted in a variety of settings including our Buddies hut in the grounds or trips off site. These take place in the School holidays with at least one activity taking place each school holiday. Volunteers would need to be available at these times.
The groups are often divided between juniors (aged 5-11) and teens (12-18). For both groups it is an opportunity to have fun together and enjoy activities and outings.
Brothers and sisters of a child who uses or has used our services are eligible to receive sibling support from the Buddies group. We require volunteers to come and assist at these activities, working alongside our buddies’ co-ordinator. Much of the role involves taking care of the needs of the children while they are at an event and also joining in and assisting with the activity.
Staff are always on had these events to provide any emotional support to any young people who may need this on the day.
The responsibilities for each event will differ slightly depending on what event/activity is taking place.
•Assisting the buddies co-ordinator with the overall running of the buddies’ events.
These responsibilities include: •Helping to set up the event •Registering and welcoming buddies on arrival and taking any necessary forms •Collating evaluation forms and clearing up after events •Helping with mealtimes and other buddies’ needs •Participating and assisting in the event itself
What skills do I need?
Experience with children or young people. Good communication skills.
For some activities it is accessible
- Data Protection policy
- DBS check required
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Reasonable travel expenses
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Suitable for under 18s
- Training provided
On the job shadowing
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 22/10/2023
End Date: 31/10/2024
This role only runs in the school holidays as that is when the young people are around. Activities are on various days throughout all the school holidays.