We maintain a team of 50 – 60 volunteers who provide a much needed support and befriending service to families who have at least one child under the age of five years. Volunteers are asked to visit one or two families, once or twice a week for a couple of hours at a time.
We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds; it is their life experiences, attitude and interpersonal skills that matter. Volunteers do not necessarily need to be a parent themselves, but need to have had experience of 24/7 parenting of young children – for example in a fostering or adoption situation. Volunteers need the ability to:
- Listen with understanding
- Maintain confidentiality
- Be committed to the scheme and to the families with whom they are paired
Volunteers must attend a training course for one day a week which is run over the course of 8 weeks and which prepares and equips them to support the family that they are ultimately paired with. They receive further training on an ongoing basis thereafter.
Our next volunteer training course will start on 11th January 2018. Training sessions will be on Thursdays for 8 weeks from 9.30-2.30 at the Chichester Children & Family Centre & Nursery School. Do contact us for further information – we would love to hear from you!