What Volunteers Do?
Our volunteers are responsible for taking small groups of children (3 or 4 max) around the 10 different scenarios in the Centre to work through various safety related activities. You will introduce them to numerous difficult or dangerous situations and encourage them to work together to discuss (and potentially carry out) possible solutions.
How Much Time You Will Need to Give
We run two school sessions every day, one from 10am-12pm and one from 1pm-3pm. As a volunteer you will need to arrive around ½ hour before the session starts. You can choose to volunteer for either a half or a whole day and you decide which dates are most convenient for you. The minimum commitment we ask for is 2 sessions a month.
Training is taken totally at your own pace. Your first few sessions at Lifeskills will involve you “shadowing” one of our Trainer Guides as they take groups around the Centre. As you become more confident you can begin to lead parts of the session yourself until you feel comfortable enough to take a group on your own. You will also receive written tour notes to help you as you train.
As a volunteer you can claim expenses to cover your travel costs and, if you choose to volunteer for the whole day, we will also cover the cost of your lunch.
How to Apply
- Volunteers will be required to successfully undergo an enhanced DBS and Barred List check before completing their training.
- Volunteers will be required to complete an online safeguarding course as part of their training, prior to qualification.
- As part of the volunteer induction recruits will receive training on the centre’s child protection, health and safety and data protection policies.
- All prospective volunteers are required to complete an application form including the contact details for two referees.
If you think you would enjoy being a Volunteer Guide for Lifeskills, please call us on 0117 9224511 to arrange a visit.