Volunteer Family Helpers – South West

Closing date: 01 Aug 2018

Volunteer Family Helpers provide practical support and guidance to a parent or carer. Family Helpers are matched with a parent or carer for up to three months. They meet them in the family home once a week to help with practical tasks. Family Helpers are volunteers who are happy to roll up their sleeves and work alongside the parent or carer, exploring with a family how improving their home environment can have a radical impact on their life. Helpers will report regularly to their supervising support worker. After three months supporting one family, the Helper is then matched with a new family.

Primary Duties

  • To mentor the parent in healthy living and help them develop the skills for a safe and happy home
  • To help foster an appreciation for good housekeeping and structure within the family home
  • Practical activities may include helping create routines, washing, shopping, cleaning etc.
  • To give friendly support and encouragement to overcome challenges and help develop skills which may include budgeting or housework
  • Ensure observations are correctly reported to the Family Support Worker
  • Assist the family in maintaining routines
  • To give encouragement and support
  • To attend the twice yearly volunteer get-togethers
  • To ensure you engage fully with the project and maintain records and reports on your activities
  • To operate within all relevant policies and guidelines, including health and safety, equal opportunities, confidentiality, safeguarding regulations
  • To follow advice from line manager and engage in regular supervision

Person Specification

  • Enthusiasm for Welcare and its mission
  • Effective communication skills
  • Reliability and emotional maturity
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Ability to work independently
  • An understanding of the importance of safeguarding
  • Approachable and caring
  • Good recording and observation skills
  • Commitment
  • The ability to problem solve and an openness to explore different approaches to housekeeping
  • A good grasp of boundaries and the ability to work in a friendly yet professional capacity

Time Requirements

You should be able to commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week. You will receive full training and must commit to attend a minimum of 24 hours training over a 12 week period.

To apply

Download our volunteer application form below and email the form to volunteering@welcare.org. Please apply at any time up until noon on the day of the deadline, interviews are held on an ongoing basis.