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:

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.

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
  • Siblings’ Groups – Main activities / tasks include:
  • Escorting siblings in taxis or on public transport
  •  Supporting and befriending siblings throughout the activities
  • Assisting and encouraging siblings to take part in the activities

These groups are for the brothers and sisters of the children we support. There are three groups, ages 5-9, ages 10-13, and a youth group for siblings aged 14+.

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

  • Working 1:1 with a child, alongside our team of Specialist Carers and Nurses, to support them engaging in activities

These groups are for the children referred to us with life-limiting and / or life-threatening conditions and are divided based on the children and young people’s ages and conditions.

All Volunteers need to attend a Volunteer Induction before getting involved. The training process is as follows:

  • Volunteer Information Session: All potential volunteers have to attend one of these sessions before they are able to support Noah’s Ark in any capacity.
  • 1st Interview: This will take place at the Noah’s Ark Office at a mutually agreeable time.
  • Core Module Training and Assessment: Anyone seeking to work directly with Noah’s Ark families are required to attend the core module training, spread across 1 weekday evening and 1 weekend day.
  • 2nd Interview: A chance to reflect on the core module training, and to 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 weekday / weekend morning or 1 evening, depending on the schedule, essential for ensuring the safety of our service.

Training programmes are run at regular intervals throughout the year.

Availability:

  • The majority of Family Activities take place either at either weekends or during school holidays, and usually last around 6-7 hours in terms of volunteering time.
  • We are currently looking to recruit Family Activities Volunteers who are available to volunteer at events held on weekdays during school holidays.
  • We ask that Family Activities Volunteers commit to supporting us for a minimum of 12 months, volunteering for at least 1 Activity per quarter – there is no upper limit on the number of Activities at which a volunteer can support!

Location:

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

Skills required:

  • Ability to work well with others
  • Good Communication skills
  • Reliability, commitment and engagement
  • Initiative and problem-solving skills
  • A good level of self-awareness
  • A good understanding of the role and of Noah’s Ark expectations of volunteers
  • Experience of working with children, young people or families is desirable but NOT essential. We welcome volunteer from all backgrounds with all sorts of skills.

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.

Additional Benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Gain experience working with children
  • Gain experience working with people with difficulties
  • Build social skills through a variety of interactions
  • Develop abilities to work as part of a team
  • Hours volunteered will be recorded on your H.E.A.R – which goes on your permanent university record.
  • all hours volunteered will contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which may lead to an invitation to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony in May.

Interested? Apply now!

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