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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.

Home Support volunteers aim to provide emotional, social and practical support to family members during the child’s life and during the period following the child’s death if appropriate. Becoming a Home 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 build knowledge of many different play activities, to gain experience of working directly with family members and to develop communication skills with children that have unique needs.

Role Aim: 

Home Support volunteers aim to provide emotional, social and practical support to family members during the child’s life and during the period following the child’s death if appropriate. Becoming a Home 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: 

The needs of individual families will differ and much will depend on the personal skills, qualities, interests and availability of an individual volunteer. However, support will typically fall into one of three categories:

Social Support

* An extra pair of hands, helping the children with reading, homework or playing games

* Helping a parent to manage outings during the school holidays

* Providing support on hospital visits or occasional shopping trips

Befriending Support

* Providing companionship to a sibling by taking them to the cinema or park

* Providing a listening ear for a parent

Practical Support For example, providing support with:

* Gardening

* Decorating

* Ironing

* Transport by driving a family member to the hospital or the shops

* Helping to pack boxes when moving home

Skills needed: 

Key skills of reliability and responsiveness are very important, supported by a professional outlook, enthusiasm, good communication skills, being a good listener, and the ability to cope in what can be stressful situations.

Please Note: In none of the above roles will home support volunteers have sole responsibility for a life limited/ life-threatened child and will not be expected to undertake any personal care, administer medication or engage in an activity which causes them concern.

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. Volunteers will be matched geographically as much as is possible.
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
N/A
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