Volunteering opportunity

Family Support - Meet & Greet (Plymouth)

Purpose of opportunity:
Support parents with children/young people to access services and support. Helping families to feel welcome and providing information about the Children's Centre.
To work with the children centre team to create a sense of community at centre café/shop sessions.
The community café is open to all members of the public regardless of whether they have a child under 5 years. This project was developed in direct response to parents¿ request as parents¿ stated they would like somewhere to sit and relax. This project supports mental health and wellbeing. It also supports child poverty and isolation. The café is donation based and offers a range of refreshments as well as a clothes bank and various items that families can pick up free or offer a small donation. Donations received are put back into café resources.
Barnardo's Children's Centres are dedicated to children and families; we put them at the centre of all we do, aiming to improve social development for children and families, so that they can meet their full potential at home and at school.
The most important element of our work is the close partnerships we develop with parents and carers.
Our Children's Centres welcome any family with children aged 5 and under. Our aim is to support, advise and provide information to help make parenting that little bit easier.
Many families face hardship and difficult times, parenting can be tough which is why children's centres are there to reduce isolation and provide a gateway to many types of support.

Key activities:
Meeting and greeting families with young children helping them feel part of the centre and reducing a sense of isolation for many families.
Signposting families to other early childhood services and children centre services.
Setting up the café and clothes tables and generally supporting the running of the café, serving hot and cold drinks and basic snacks

Attitude/skills/knowledge required:
Key activities revolve around engaging with the public specifically families with young children.
We are looking for someone who genuinely enjoys meeting people and engaging with the public, with a friendly and positive disposition. All other skills can be developed during the role.

Training, support or other benefits available:
Barnardo's Induction training
Service Specific training
Safeguarding Core 1 training
On-going support and supervision
Relevant further training as becomes available
Barnardo¿s Retail Training sessions (How charity shops are run and delivered)

Opportunity to be part of a project that is trying to tackle mental health issues, child poverty and reduce isolation for families living in the area.

Opportunity to build skills in team working, engaging with the public, communication skills, basic business skills.

Opportunity to be part of a new project and contribute ideas to its development.

A fantastic opportunity for someone wanting to experience making a positive contribution whether 18 yrs old or 80 yrs old.


Plymouth Children's Services, Cluster 4 Tamar FOLK & Fourwoods Children's Centres Based at The Barn, Kit Hill Crescent, Barne Barton, Plymouth PL5 1EJ


Period covered by opportunity:

Days/Hours/ Time commitment:

Minimum Age: 18 years

Can be offered

Enhanced disclosure applies

Child and Adult Workforce applies