Children’s Centre Activity Support – Group Volunteer


Name: Children’s Centre Activity Support – Group Volunteer
Organisation: Barnardo's
Location: Multiple Children's Centres across City, Barnardo's, Four Greens Community Trust, Whitleigh Green, Plymouth, PL5 4DD


To support staff in the provision of activities and learning opportunities/advice for children and young people. The volunteer will attend nursery to engage in supervised play with the children.
To support Barnardo's Staff in the running of play sessions with children aged 0-5 years

Support delivery of high quality play session
engage children and their families in fun play activities to include outdoor and messy play.
Prepare snacks
support rhyme and story time
engage with families and signpost to other activities and services.

The role may involve unsupervised contact with children and young people and therefore an enhanced DBS (criminal record) check will be required.

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Organisation Description

As one of the UK's leading children's charities, Barnardo's works directly with over 100,000 children, young people and their families every year. We run 415 vital projects across the UK, including counseling for children, who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups. Every Barnardo's project is different but each believes in the potential of every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.

*Projects that work with children, young people and former Barnardo's children.
*Adoption and Fostering.
*Campaigning and Lobbying.
*Research and Influencing practice.


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Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Disability
  • Education and Literacy
  • Families
  • Mental Health
  • Mentoring

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Community Work
  • General and Helping
  • Mentoring
  • Youth Work

Skills and Qualifications


Ability to relate to children and families
Ability to work both as part of a team and independently
Understanding of children's needs
Enthusiasm to support vulnerable children and parents
Good communication skills
Good interpersonal skills
A 'can do' attitude and willingness to help
Must be reliable
Able to commit to volunteering for at least 6 months.


Interviews and recruitment process
Induction and service training
Safeguarding & Child Protection training
Regular supervision, peer supervision and on-going service support
Relevant on-going training
Improved CV and opportunity to develop additional experience, career and personal development skills
Access to internal vacancy list.

Gain skills and experience through:
Safeguarding and protecting children training.
Basic equality and diversity training
Knowledge of children’s services and how they are run
Experience of engaging and supporting children and young people
Information/experience of inter-agency working
Increased confidence in professional settings including meetings
Increased inter-personal skills

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Expenses are offered
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Induction and training provided
Insurance Cover: Insurance in place
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Induction and training programme
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, Information Day, Trial Period, Other, DBS Check, Interview