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13 August 2015, New South Wales

Family Connect Community Volunteer

Volunteer Family Connect (VFC) is a community-based early intervention program providing one-on-one support to parents and carers in their home or another safe place.

Position summary

Volunteer Family Connect (VFC) is a community-based early intervention program providing one-on-one support to parents and carers in their home or another safe place.

The broad objectives of the program are to:
  • increase parents' confidence in their parenting
  • increase families' connectedness to other parents and their local community networks
Volunteer Family Connect works by linking trained volunteers with a newly referred parent who has been identified as needing extra support to raise their children. The volunteer works in partnership with the family to offer friendly support and encouragement in a non-threatening, non-directive, non-judgmental manner.

Volunteers are usually local people in the community who want to extend support and friendship to others. All will be supervised and supported by a professional Family Support Worker/Program Coordinator.
 

Position description

Location

Inner west Sydney (NSW)

Timing

Two hours per week as agreed between coordinator, volunteer and family

Reporting to:

Program Coordinator, Volunteer Family Connect


Why volunteer?

Volunteer Family Connect provides an opportunity for volunteers to:
  • contribute to your community and society
  • use existing skills, experience, and personal qualities
  • learn new skills
  • make new friends
  • become a valued member of a supportive team

Essential skills and/or experience

A successful community volunteer:
  • is or has been in a parenting role, ie grandparents, foster parents, adoptive parents, step parents or has substantial experience working with young children/infants as an Early Childhood Nurse or Early Childhood Educator
  • prepared to participate in the training program and ongoing supervision
  • prepared to commit to the service for at least six months
  • consents to a police security check by state or local authorities

Training provided

  • Induction (essential)
  • Orientation (essential)
  • Training (as required)

Volunteer applicants will be required to:

  • give permission for Save the Children to undertake a National Police Record Check and provide 100 points of identification

  • read and accept the Save the Children Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy

  • hold a valid Working with Children Check (required in NSW and VIC)

If this volunteer sounds like you please contact our Volunteer Recruitment & Retention Manager