Volunteers Supporting Families was initially set up in response to the death of Victoria Climbie and the Lord Laming enquiry that followed. The project offers a pioneering approach, recruiting volunteers from the local community to provide support to families whose children are subject to a child protection or safeguarding plan, or have additional needs.
We match trained volunteers with families where children are at risk of significant harm or neglect, or need additional help. Volunteers support the family at least once a week within the city of Edinburgh, at a time that suits everyone. The aim is to build a strong relationship based on trust and mutual respect, with volunteers acting as a positive role model who listens and offers practical or emotional help.
So far, thousands of families across the UK have benefitted from our service. We have a proven track record of reducing the number of children on child protection plans and reducing the level of risk. The project delivers positive outcomes for families, enabling parents to overcome challenges, engage with universal services, access health checks and improve their children's school attendance.
Please email email@example.com or call 07823 413 260 to apply.
Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership
We are looking for welcoming and enthusiastic volunteer(s) to lead short health walks in Moray -- currently these gentle walks are based in Forres, Elgin, Cullen, Buckie and Keith. It's sociable, relaxed, fun and flexible -- and there is great support for our volunteers.
Becoming a volunteer walk leader requires you to commit around an hour or so of your time weekly (but there is room for flexible dates!) and to sometimes complete a small amount of preparation & paper work for the walk.
Health walks encourage people who have not exercised for a while, find walking boring, or lack confidence to join a walking group because they think they will not be able to keep up. Walks are free, short, low intensity, safe and social and are usually followed by a cup of tea or coffee and a chat!
Over the next year we plan to build upon our network of gentle exercise activities across the Moray region. To help us achieve this we are looking for friendly and supportive volunteers
who enjoy walking, meeting new folk sharing the wide ranging health and well- being benefits of gentle physical activity. We would love it if you could help us set up indoor and outdoor Strength and Balance sessions as well as new Health Walks to boost our provision in the area, helping the people that need it to access these opportunities. Volunteer walk leaders receive on-going support from the Health Walk co-ordinator, too.
If you are a people person, like to walk and the outdoors please get in touch!
Home-Start Aberdeen supports local families, who may be vulnerable or suffering from isolation, with Home-Start Aberdeen aims to prevent family crisis and breakdown in vulnerable, struggling families with young children.
*Our home visiting volunteers:
>Offer support to a local family in their own home for 2-3 hours per week. >Receive training and ongoing support. >Help others develop their parenting skills. >Encourage families to engage with their communities. >Provide practical guidance on budgeting and household management. >Connect families with other relevant organisations and services.
All of our home visiting volunteers are carefully matched with a Home-Start family to ensure that the relationship is as productive as possible for everyone. Regular training is provided and all volunteers have a co-ordinator who provides ongoing support and meets with them regularly.
People choose to volunteer with Home-Start Aberdeen to:
>Make a difference to a family’s life. >Give something back to their local community. >Return the support they once received from Home-Start. >Share a similar experience. >Boost confidence.
>Prepare for returning to work or to progress career. >Do something fulfilling with spare time.
*Data gathered by Home-Start UK last year indicated that more than 90% of the families supported by Home-Start volunteers said they felt:
>More involved in their children’s development. >That their children’s emotional and physical health and wellbeing had improved. >Better able to manage their children’s behavior. >Less isolated.
>Less stressed. >More able to cope with day-to-day running of the house. >That they were using local services more.
*Find out more
>For an informal, no-pressure chat about becoming a volunteer with Home-Start Aberdeen, telephone 01224 693545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Further information is also available on our website at http://www.homestartaberdeen.org.uk/want-help/home-visiting