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Virtual buddy volunteer for our new befriending service

Vacancy · 1–2 hrs/wk
Frome, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
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SummaryThrough a virtual buddying system we'll offer children from vulnerable families the opportunity to have a positive interaction with an adult outside the family.
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Purple Elephant befriending service - Virtual Buddy Volunteer Role

We know that some families are really struggling with lockdown. Through a virtual buddying system we would like to offer children from vulnerable families the opportunity to have a positive interaction with an adult outside the family.

Virtual Buddy volunteers will have regular facetime calls (using their preferred media) with a child aged between 5 and 12yrs. They will engage with activities that they choose together such as reading, chatting, doing a simple craft activity or playing a game. Parents will be expected to be in the room, but not to take part in the call.

Virtual buddies can give children a break from their family and vice versa; parents get a little time to themselves or to focus on other siblings.

What skills and experience does a virtual buddy need?

·      A sense of humour and the ability to engage with children.

·      An open minded, non-judgemental approach.

·      Ideally experience of working or volunteering with vulnerable families.

·      An understanding of boundaries and confidentiality.

·      Willingness to follow safeguarding policy when required.

·      Ideally a current DBS clearance and recent safeguarding training.

Commitment:

We ask that you commit to weekly calls of up to an hour with the child and a monthly catchup with Purple Elephant staff. We ask that you keep a simple record of your contact with the child.

What will you get out of it?

·      The chance to help a child have fun.

·      To help a family who may be struggling with social isolation.

·      Be part of Purple Elephant’s work to improve opportunities for vulnerable families to thrive.

·      Valuable experience if you’re looking to return to work or progress your career.


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About Purple Elephant Productions
Purple Elephant support local children and families through services such as the Toy Library, family activities during school holidays and annual events
This volunteering opportunity is expired
Scan me or visit www.corona-helpers.co.uk/o/Purple-Elephant-Productions/opportunities/Virtual-buddy-volunteer-for-our-new-befriending-service/22678 to join