Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice – Family Activity Support

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Details of the Charity:
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice provides practical and emotional support to children who are life-limited or life threatened, and their families, living in North London.  We work within the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

Noah’s Ark supports families to ensure that they can face the future with hope by providing a variety of essential support services.  These services include a Family Link Team who are trained Social Workers, Specialist Carers who provide respite, Play Specialists who provide therapeutic play sessions and also our Family Support Volunteer team.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Purpose of Role:

Noah’s Ark provides regular Family Activities including Family Days, Parent Groups, Siblings Groups and Noah’s Ark Children’s Groups. These activities are designed to provide fun and free days out, allowing children and families the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and to take part in new activities in an accessible environment.

Becoming a Family Activities Volunteer is a serious commitment but it provides a rewarding opportunity to directly support children with life-limiting or life threatening conditions and their families.

Noah’s Ark take their responsibility for safeguarding the wellbeing of children seriously. This role is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Application. 2 references are also required.

Opportunities of the role:

  • Gain experience working with children
  • Gain experience working with people with disabilities
  • Build social skills through a variety of interactions
  • Develop ability to work as part of a team

Family Days – Main activities/tasks include:

  • Setting up the room
  • Greeting and directing families
  • Running activities for family members
  • Supporting individual families
  • Assisting with refreshments
  • Tidying up

Parent Groups – Main activities/tasks of this role:

  • Assisting with the crèche by playing and reading with babies and toddlers

Sibling Groups – Main activities/tasks include:

  • Escorting siblings in taxis or on public transport
  • Befriending siblings throughout the activities
  • Assisting siblings to take part in the activities

These groups are for the brothers and sisters of the children we support. There are two age groups: 6-10 & 11-18.

Noah’s Ark Children’s Groups – Main activities/tasks can include:

  • Working 1:1 with a child to support them to engage in the activity
  • Working alongside our team of Specialist Carers

These groups are for the children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and are divided based on the children’s ages and conditions.

Interviews and Training:

At Noah’s Ark we value volunteer support, but we are also aware that not all roles are suitable for everyone. The interview and training process is in place to ensure that the Noah’s Ark staff get to know more about you, to ensure that you are given the correct training for the role and so that you can find out if this is a role you would like to undertake. The training process is as follows:

  • Volunteer Induction – All potential volunteers have to attend one of these sessions before they are able to get involved in any capacity.
  • 1st Interview –  This will take place at the Noah’s Ark Office at a mutually agreeable time.
  • Core Module Training – Any volunteers wanting to work directly with Noah’s Ark families are required to attend the training spread across 1 weekday evening and 1 weekend day.
  • 2nd Interview –  A chance to recap on the training and discuss if both parties feel the role is suitable.
  • Activities Module Training – 1 weekday evening to prepare volunteers for the specific requirements of the Family Activities Volunteer role
  • Safeguarding Module Training-  1 morning or 1 evening, depending on the schedule, this helps to ensure the safety of our service.Training programmes are run at regular intervals throughout the year

 

Availability:

Most Family Activities take place either at weekends or during the school holidays and usually last around 6 hours. Parent Groups and occasional Noah’s Ark Children’s Groups take place on weekdays during school hours and are shorter (about 3 hours)

We ask that a Family Activities Volunteer commits to at least one Family Activity per quarter. There is no upper limit to the number of Activities at which a volunteer can support.

Family Activities Volunteers are required to complete and return Support Records following an Activity and attend Supervision (support groups) every 3 months.

It is hoped that volunteers can commit to supporting at activities for a minimum of 12 months.

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers will not have sole responsibility for a child with a life limiting or life-threatening condition and will not be expected to undertake any personal care or administer medication.

Location:

Noah’s Ark supports families living in the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. Most Family Activities take place within these 5 boroughs but occasionally may be held outside this area, in Hertfordshire or Central London.

Minimum Age: 16 years

Skills you Require from the Applicant:

Although experience of working with children is desirable, it is not essential and we welcome volunteers from all backgrounds with all sorts of skills. However, for this role volunteers will need:

  • To be reliable and responsible
  • A professional outlook
  • An understanding of all our initial Family Support training
  • Good communication skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Sensitivity to other people’s feelings
  • The ability to cope with stressful situations
  • To be non-judgemental and committed to Noah’s Ark’s Equal Opportunities

Additional Benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Gain experience of event management
  • Build social skills through a variety of interactions
  • Develop ability to work as part of a team

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