Volunteering with the Fun and Breaks service involves supporting a disabled child or young person and their family. Our volunteers learn new skills, make friendships and, in some instances, volunteering with Fun and Breaks has led to a career change!
A volunteer may take the child or young person out to an activity - to a club, swimming, or the park - or they may stay with them in the child’s home playing together, baking, reading, doing arts and crafts or simply relaxing. This allows parents, carers and siblings to have a rest, catch up on day-to-day activities or spend time with each other.
How to apply
Please complete the form below to apply for this role.Application form (Word, 2.6MB)
Send your completed application form to:
Fun and Breaks
1st Floor, North Wing
- Commitment to and an ability to work with children and young people.
- Sensitive and caring approach to children and young people with disabilities and their families.
- Respect for different family lifestyles and values and a non-judgmental attitude.
- Ability to work independently and flexibly.
- Reliability, punctuality and honesty.
- Respect for confidentiality.
- Ability to work in partnership with families.
Volunteers must be over 18 years of age. Our ideal volunteer will enjoy spending time engaging with children and young people with disabilities and doing fun activities with them.
Details of duties
(This is not a definitive list. Duties vary from role to role and exact activities will differ according to the particular needs and circumstances of the family.)
The volunteer will be asked to:
- make sure the child or young person is safe and well while the usual carer is or is not present
- spend the session in the company of the child or young person, playing games, talking, relaxing or enabling them to access clubs and community-based activities
- meet the child's specific care needs, for which appropriate training will be given physical, including personal care and the administration of essential medication
- settle them in bed and mind them while they are asleep
- deal responsibly with any unforeseen events which may occur during the break and report any accidents to the Fun and Breaks Coordinator
- work together with the family and the Fun and Breaks Service
- keep records as required
- liaise with the Fun and Breaks Coordinator.
Volunteers are not expected to:
- do any housework, cleaning, ironing, washing dishes and so on
- look after the family's friends' or neighbours’ children
- take the child to their own home
- stay for overnight breaks.
Regularity of duties
Two hours a week or four hours a fortnight at times agreed with the family. Breaks may take place during the day, weekdays or at weekends.
Guidance and support
Volunteers will have an allocated Fun and Breaks Coordinator and receive a mandatory three-monthly supervision as well as an annual review. Supervision may be face-to-face or by phone. Volunteer support and advice will be available at all times during office hours. Volunteers will also be able to use an “out of hours” social work number.
Training and equipment
Volunteers begin by attending a one-day induction course. This covers disability awareness, communication with disabled children, safeguarding, health and safety and Fun and Breaks practice. Volunteers will also successfully complete a first aid course before undertaking duties.
Further training is provided as required and may be aligned to the particular needs of a child or young person. If specialist equipment is required, relevant training will be provided.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
This volunteer post is subject to an enhanced disclosure check via the DBS. We will also make local authority and child protection checks.
We require two references before a volunteer undertakes the role. These should be two people unrelated to you whom you have known for three years in a personal, academic, work or voluntary capacity. One of these should be in a professional capacity, for example, academic or employment.
- Hepatitis B vaccinations are offered to short breaks carers, given by the volunteer’s GP or clinic as appropriate. The course of three injections is given over a six-month period followed by a blood test.
- A County Council volunteer identification card is provided for use when volunteering and all out-of-pocket travel expenses may be claimed.