The extent of the problem facing our children within these vulnerable communities cannot be met by social workers alone, the assistance and dedication of volunteers who will act as our eyes, ears and hands ‘on the ground’ is vital.
Therefore, we would like to encourage community members to take up the challenge of becoming involved in the care and protection of our children. It is not necessary for volunteers to offer large amounts of time, even an hour or two a week, or a set period during holiday times, will be gratefully received.
There is a vast range of activities with which volunteers can assist, ranging from direct involvement with children, to assisting with administration and other practical tasks. No contribution is too small or insignificant as we believe that every individual has a valuable contribution to make.
Should you wish to volunteer, what would be expected of you?
Recruitment drives are advertised via the media in order to encourage any prospective volunteers to attend orientation, information and preparation meetings. Prospective volunteers are required to bring along their identity documents, Driver’s License and details of two contactable referees; a police clearance and form 30 ( child protection register ) check.
Volunteer assistance required as follows:
- Providing nurturance and care to children as adoptive, foster care or temporary safe parents.
- Monitor the care and safety of children already identified as being at risk.
- Participate in or provide training in areas such as Child abuse, Parenting Skills, Basic Child Care.
- Supporting families, e.g. those in need of respite care or child-headed households.
- Assist with Fundraising and Marketing, e.g. special events.
- Assist with transport, e.g. taking children for medical or psychological assessments.
- Assist with our second-hand clothing donations e.g. sort, wash, repair clothing.
- Help with the tracing of birth parents and children.
- Assist children with homework.
- Provide after-school care in identified areas.