Volunteers for our child befriending service
Purple Elephant befriending service - Volunteer Role
We know that some children struggle with day to day life and are finding it really hard during lockdown. Through our befriending service we offer children from vulnerable families the opportunity to have a positive interaction with an adult outside the family.
Befriending volunteers have regular Zoom calls with a matched child aged between 5 and 12yrs. They 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 do not need to take part in the call.
Befriending volunteers can give children a break from their family and vice versa; parents get a little time to themselves or to focus on other siblings while children get a friendly ear and trusted adult to talk with.
What skills and experience does a befriending volunteer need?
· A sense of humour and the ability to engage with children.
· An open minded, non-judgemental approach.
· Experience of working or volunteering with children including from vulnerable families.
· An understanding of boundaries and confidentiality.
· Willingness to follow safeguarding policy.
· Ideally a current DBS clearance and recent safeguarding training.
We ask that you commit to weekly calls of up to an hour with the child and monthly supervision 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.
We're currently looking for male volunteers who can add to our existing volunteer pool and provide a positive role model for some of the boys that have been referred to us.