Host Organisation: Westwood House Child Contact Centre

A stimulating volunteer role supporting the children of seperated parents in meeting with their absent parent promoting a positive renewal of the parent child relationship.

Opportunity Interests: Children and Young People, Families
Type of Activity: Coaching / Mentoring, Providing Advice, Support / Care Work
Location: Congleton
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Saturday AM

Update January 5th 2021.WESTWOOD HOUSE CCC REMAINS OPEN TO SUPPORT FAMILIES DURING THE CURRENT NATIONAL LOCKDOWN. WE ARE STILL RECRUITING USING COVID SAFE PRACTICES SO PLEASE DO STILLL APPLY.

*Supporting both the child and parent in building a trusting and long lasting relationship.
*Working with both parents to encourage child focused time together in the centre that will ultimately help them to move away from supported contact to independent contact.
* Actively encouraging play and interaction between the child and parent where the need is recognised, otherwise standing back and having the satisfaction that all you have to do is stay in the background and be their for the family if required.
*You will help prepare the centre before families arrive, getting out age appropriate games and toys.
*Preparing drinks and refreshments and cleaning up at the and of the contact sessions.
*The role gives the satisfaction of knowing that your work has helped a child regain a loving relationship with the parent they no longer live with.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

Experience of working with children and families is useful but not essential as full training is given.
Good social skills and an understanding of children's issues is an advantage but not an essential requirement.
A lack of formal qualifications is not a barrier to volunteering for this role as a warm and pleasant personality and desire to help parents and children are more important.
It is a role that suits people who have worked in education, social and health care situations and are looking to share their knowledge and experience with others after retirement.
It is also a great way for those starting out in their careers to gain experience.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Car mileage if travelling to external training or other centre business but not including travel to the centre for Saturday sessions. Full reimbursement if purchases are made on behalf of the centre.

What support is available for the volunteer?:

A full induction process.
A three year rolling training programme on all aspects of the role including annual safeguarding training.
Additional training may be arranged focused on the individual volunteer interests such as Mental Health First Aid and First Aid at Work.
Team meetings offering peer support when training sessions are held.
Supervision with the Coordinator or Deputy.
DBS check and all training is given with no charge to the volunteer.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Safeguarding.
Health and Safety.
Working with families in conflict.
Substance Abuse.
Equality and Diversity
Family Breakdown
Working with Children.
Other training needs under review.