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Parent Champion

LB Redbridge: Children's Centres

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Talking to parents about childcare for under 5’s
  • Encouraging parents to access services in Redbridge
  • Help parents around you get support they need to improve their family life and their children’s outcome
  • Contribute to a non-judgemental, safe space and support families emotional wellbeing where needed
  • Listen to the needs of families and help them find items they require
  • Introducing families to new opportunities and activities through sign posting to local services and within the Children's Centres
  • To champion a co-production approach with families, other volunteers and staff
  • To comply with Redbridge Diversity & Equality Policy and our Ethical Policy in every aspect of volunteering and positively promote the principles of these policies amongst colleagues, service users, volunteers and other members of the community.
  • Volunteers will work will work at a local Children’s Centre nearest their home 

Benefit of volunteering:

  •  An excellent opportunity to develop new and existing skills
  • The opportunity to gain experience in Children’s Centres
  • The chance to be at the heart of your local community, meet new people and be part of an enthusiastic team
  • Training, support and references
  • Detailed reference available after six months regular volunteering

What skills do I need?

Skills, attributes, qualifications and experience

  • Friendly, empathic and non-judgmental attitude
  • Effective communication skills, confident speaking to a diverse range of people and an active listener.
  • Can understand the importance of giving people choice and dignity. 
  • Is reliable, patient, friendly and good at communicating with children, parents and carers.
  • Respects differences in culture and background. 
  • Able to work in a confidential environment
  • A strong team player
  • Organised and proactive

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

Volunteers can choose AM or PM which is flexible Ideally looking for volunteers to give at least 4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Register your interest

We limit the number of roles you can initially express an interest in to 3 opportunities. Please only register an interest in 3 roles maximum.

  • Ideal for people interested in
  • Children & Young People
  • Ideal for people who like
  • Advocacy
  • Befriending
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Application Process
  • Application Form
  • Informal Discussion
  • Interviews
  • References
  • Support provided
  • Induction provided
    Redbridge borough ½ day induction, Children’s Centres volunteer ½ day induction
  • Training provided
    Ongoing training on role
  • Written role description
  • Organisation Policies
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Other Information
  • Accessibility - additional information
    Wheelchair accessible, Accessible toilet facilities, Induction loop, Voice to text software, Information in alternative formats.
  • Are there any age limits?
    parent only – any age
  • DBS checks - additional information
  • Expenses - additional information
  • Recruitment Process - additional information
    Email expression of interest. Online application. Informal interview. Volunteering ‘taster’. Trial period. References required.
  • Role is exempt from Ex offenders Act 1972
  • Support Provided - additional information
    Volunteer handbook, Induction, Named supervisor, Regular supervision. Those with additional support needs will be supported by Children’s Centres staff team
  • Thanks / Recognition for Volunteer contribution
    Celebration events, Volunteer awards.
  • Transport Info (nearest station / bus stop)
    Volunteers will work will work at a local Children’s Centre nearest their home: Local bus routes are available
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

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