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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, Siblings Groups and Noah’s Ark Children’s Groups. These activities are designed to provide fun and free days out, allowing children and families the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and to take part in new activities in an accessible environment.

Becoming a Family Activities Volunteer is a serious commitment but it provides a rewarding opportunity to directly support children with life-limiting or life threatening conditions and their families.

Role Aim: 

Noah’s Ark provides regular Family Activities including Family Days, Parent Groups, Siblings’ Groups and Noah’s Ark (referred) Children’s Groups. These activities are designed to provide fun and free days out, allowing children and families the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and to take part in new activities in accessible environments.

Becoming a Family Activities Volunteer is a serious commitment, which provides a rewarding opportunity to directly support children with life-limiting or life threatening conditions and their families.

We are currently looking to recruit Family Activities Volunteers who are available to volunteer at events held on weekdays during school holidays.

Duties: 

Family Days – Main activities / tasks include:

- Setting up the room

- Greeting and directing families

- Running activities for family members

- Supporting individual families

- 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

Siblings’ Groups – Main activities / tasks include:

- Escorting siblings in taxis or on public transport

- Supporting and befriending siblings throughout the activities

- Assisting and encouraging siblings to take part in the activities

These groups are for the brothers and sisters of the children we support. There are three groups, ages 5-9, ages 10-13, and a youth group for siblings aged 14+.

Noah’s Ark Children’s Groups – Main activities / tasks can include:

- Working 1:1 with a child, alongside our team of Specialist Carers and Nurses, to support them engaging in activities

These groups are for the children referred to us with life-limiting and / or life-threatening conditions and are divided based on the children and young people’s ages and conditions.

Skills needed: 

Qualities / experience / skills needed:

- Ability to work well with others

- Good communication skills

- Reliability, commitment and engagement

- Initiative and problem-solving skills

- A good level of self-awareness

- A good understanding of the role and of Noah’s Ark’s expectations of volunteers

Experience of working with children, young people or families is desirable but not essential. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds with all sorts of skills.

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers will not have sole responsibility for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition

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, training and assessment process ensures that Noah’s Ark staff get to know more about you, that you are given the correct training for the role and so that you can explore if this is a role you would like to undertake.

The training process is as follows:

- Volunteer Information Session: All potential volunteers have to attend one of these sessions before they are able to support Noah’s Ark in any capacity.

- 1st Interview: This will take place at the Noah’s Ark Office at a mutually agreeable time.

- Core Module Training and Assessment: Anyone seeking to work directly with Noah’s Ark families are required to attend the core module training, spread across 1 weekday evening and 1 weekend day.

- 2nd Interview: A chance to reflect on the core module training, and to discuss if both parties feel the role is suitable.

- Activities Module Training: 1 weekday evening to prepare volunteers for the specific requirements of the Family Activities Volunteer role!

- Safeguarding Module Training: 1 weekday / weekend morning or 1 evening, depending on the schedule, essential for ensuring the safety of our service.

Training programmes are run at regular intervals throughout the year.

Location: 
Noah’s Ark supports families living in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Islington & Hertsmere. Most Family Activities take place within these boroughs, but occasionally may be held outside this area, in Hertfordshire or Central London.
Time commitment: 
At least 12 months.
Opening times: 
The majority of Family Activities take place either at either weekends or during school holidays, and usually last around 6-7 hours in terms of volunteering time. We are currently looking to recruit Family Activities Volunteers who are available to volunteer at events held on weekdays during school holidays. We ask that Family Activities Volunteers commit to supporting us for a minimum of 12 months, volunteering for at least 1 Activity per quarter – there is no upper limit on the number of Activities at which a volunteer can support! Family Activities Volunteers are required to complete and return written Support Records following an Activity, and to attend Supervision (support groups) run by Noah’s Ark Care Team staff every 3 months.