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…

Living with a child’s diagnosis can place considerable strain on the whole family and in recognition of this, the Home Support Volunteer programme was established in 2008 to help families cope with the demands of providing constant care. Home Support Volunteers provide a range of practical and social support to the families of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in the community. 

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.

Noah’s Ark takes their responsibility for safeguarding the wellbeing of children seriously. This role is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Application. 2 references are also required.

Time commitment

Volunteers would usually commit to visiting a family once a week/ fortnight for approx. 1-2 hours, however the frequency and times will vary dependent on a family’s needs and a volunteer’s availability. Home Support Volunteer roles are available 7 days per week, between 8am-8pm.

Home Support Volunteers are required to complete and return written Support Records following a visit and to attend Supervision (support groups) every 3 months. It is hoped that volunteers can commit to supporting a family for a minimum of 12 months.
Application deadline
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
All family-facing and Ark-based volunteers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in line with Noah's Ark policy.
We require our Home Support Volunteers to participate in our testing regime of two Lateral Flow tests and one PCR test a week - these are provided by Noah's Ark.
PPE must also be worn whilst on a visit - all PPE is provided by Noah's Ark.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch at any time with any questions, queries or problems you encounter.