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About the organisation

Noah's Ark Children's Hospice

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice is a community based hospice service providing clinical, emotional and practical support for families of children and young people with life-limiting/life-threatening conditions in the North London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Islington and Hertsmere.

Our current services include Specialist Play, Specialist Care, Family Activities, volunteer support in the home and a Family Link service. Noah’s Ark volunteers are the backbone of our charity and play a crucial part in providing these services.

Noah’s Ark supports families to ensure that they can face the future with hope by providing a variety of essential support services. These services include a Family Link Team who are trained Social Workers, Specialist Carers who provide respite, Play Specialists who provide therapeutic play sessions and also our Family Support Volunteer team.

Noah’s Ark provides regular Family Activities including Family Days, Parent Groups and Sibling Groups; designed to provide fun and free days out, allowing families the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and to take part in new activities in an accessible environment. Becoming an Activities Support volunteer is a serious commitment but it provides a rewarding opportunity to directly support children with life-limiting / life threatening conditions and their families.

We hope to provide you with the opportunity to gain experience of event management, to build social skills through a variety of interactions and to develop ability to work as part of a team.

Role Aim: 

Noah’s Ark provides regular Family Activities including Family Days, Parent Groups and Sibling Groups; designed to provide fun and free days out, allowing families the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and to take part in new activities in an accessible environment. Becoming an Activities Support volunteer is a serious commitment but it provides a rewarding opportunity to directly support children with life-limiting / life threatening conditions and their families.

Duties: 

Summary of Duties

Activities support volunteers are able to support at Family Days, Parent Groups and Sibling Groups

Family Days Main activities/tasks can include:

* Setting up the room

* Greeting and directing families

* Running activities for family members

* Assisting with refreshments

* Tidying up

Parent Groups Main activities/tasks of this role:

* Assisting with the crèche by playing and reading with babies and toddlers

Sibling Groups Main activities/tasks can include:

* Escorting siblings in taxis/on public transport to events

* Befriending siblings throughout the activities

* Assisting with refreshments

These groups are for the brothers and sisters of the children we support. There are two age groups: 6-10 & 11-18.

Skills needed: 

Although experience of working with children or families is desirable, it is not essential and we welcome volunteers from all backgrounds with all sorts of skills. However, for this role volunteers will need:

* To be reliable and responsible

* A professional outlook

* An understanding of all Family Support training

* Good communication skills

* Enthusiasm

* Good listener and able to provide emotional support

* Sensitivity to other people’s feelings

* The ability to cope with stressful situations

* To be non-judgemental and committed to Noah’s Ark’s Equal Opportunities Policy

PLEASE NOTE: Activities Support volunteers will not have sole responsibility for a life limited / life threatened child and will not be expected to undertake any personal care or administer medication.

Training: 

At Noah’s Ark we value volunteer support, but we are also aware that not all roles are suitable for everyone. The interview and training process is in place to ensure that the Noah’s Ark staff get to know more about you, to ensure that you are given the correct training for the role and so that you can find out if this is a role you would like to undertake. The training process is as follows:

* Attend a Volunteer Induction (all potential volunteers have to attend one of these sessions before they are able to get involved in any capacity)

* Attend 1st Interview (If it is felt that this is a suitable role, a first shift will be arranged)

* Attend Training Any volunteers wanting to work directly with Noah’s Ark families are required to attend the 2 day Core Module (Saturday and Sunday). This will be followed by a second interview before progression on to the ‘Activities Module’ training (2 weekday evenings). Training programmes are run at regular intervals throughout the year.

Location: 
Noah's Ark supports families living in the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. Events mostly take place within the 5 boroughs but occasionally may be held outside this area.
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
N/A
Categories: 
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here