Our mission and vision is to support families of seriously ill children from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond by listening and responding to their unmet needs.
Providing support: To offer emotional, social and practical support for children with life threatening or life limiting illnesses and their families. We understand that every familys situation is unique and we look to meet their individual needs by giving meaningful assistance at critical times. We are looking to recruit volunteer befrienders to work alongside our family outreach team who can spare time to be a friendly face for our supported families. As a befriender, the support you might offer could range from a chat over a cup of tea or helping out with shopping to accompanying families of seriously ill children to Trust events. Our Family Support Workers offer a service in the family home and local community which is flexible, yet tailored to the needs of each family member, including the parents, siblings, grandparents and other significant carers. We need your help in order for us to continue to always be there for our families. We are currently supporting over 400 families across five counties. Can you commit regular time to a supported family near you? This can be anything from two hours a week to a day or two a month or ad hoc events. We would like to be able to offer support across three areas:
Practical Support: transport, shopping, collecting prescriptions, dog walking, light housework, gardening etc. Social Support: helping families get out into the community, supporting siblings - home work and play, accompanying families to events and appointments.Emotional Support: listening and talking to all members of the family.
We are looking to support our families in every aspect of Practical, Emotional and Social Support. Our befrienders will need to be able to commit to regular contact with a specific family on an agreed basis once training has been provided and the relevant DBS checks have been completed. This support can take the form in many different aspects as listed above in the description. Practical Considerations: We do not require Befrienders to have any specific training or qualifications. Applications will be welcome from those with previous care, social work and therapy experience. We would like our Befrienders to be able to drive and have access to a car to enable maximum support to be given to a family.
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