Volunteer with us

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer with us. If you would like to find out more or apply to become a volunteer, please speak to a member of staff at your local Children's Centre or email andy.white2@nottshc.nhs.uk.

Welcome volunteer

A Welcome Volunteer welcomes new families in sessions and makes sure everybody has someone to talk to. Being a welcome volunteer is a great way to gain confidence, improve your communication skills and get experience of working in a group.

What does a welcome volunteer do?

  • Meet people who have not been to the sessions before and introduce them to other families
  • Make sure that everyone has someone to talk to.
  • Explain what a Children’s Centre session is like, so when snack is, what song time is like, etc.

What skills and experience do they need?

Welcome volunteers need to be friendly.

What training is there?

There are five weeks of core volunteer training. Children's workers will also be there to give advice and support.

How many hours per week?

Up to 2 hours a week.

 

Breastfeeding peer support volunteer

A breastfeeding peer support volunteer is a mother who is breastfeeding or was recently breastfeeding, who supports other mums to keep breastfeeding for longer. It's a great way to gain confidence, support other mums and improve your communication skills.

What does a breastfeeding peer support volunteer do?

  • Run Breastfeeding Support Groups (BABES) alongside staff.
  • Offer information and support to breastfeeding mums within a group setting.
  • Offer telephone support to breastfeeding mums.

What skills and experience do they need?

A peer supporter has to be breastfeeding or have recently breastfed. They should be able to get along with people.

What training is there?

There are ten weeks of breastfeeding peer support training, plus five weeks of core volunteer training.

How many hours per week?

Up to 2 hours a week.

 

Early years volunteer

An early years volunteer leads on volunteer led sessions such as Stay and Play and Under 1s. This is a great opportunity to increase your confidence and gain experience of running play sessions. It's also possible to use your volunteering to gain a qualification.

What does an early years volunteer do?

  • Helps plan and set up for sessions.
  • Spends time in sessions interacting with children and talking to parents.
  • Helps to clear up at the end of sessions.
  • Leads and supports on Talking Walks, modelling strategies that support children’s communication and language development.

What skills and experience do they need?

An early years volunteer needs to like being with children and parents.

What training is there?

There are five weeks of core volunteer training. Each volunteer will also have a mentor.

How many hours per week?

Up to 2 hours a week.

 

Admin volunteer

An admin volunteer answers the telephone, covers reception, does typing and other office roles. This is a great way to improve your administrative skills, with the possibility of gaining a qualification.

What does an admin volunteer do?

  • Support reception at busy periods in the Centre.
  • Meet and greet families
  • Filing, pulling together evaluation packs, answering the phone, photocopying group resources (for targeted interventions)

What skills and experience do they need?

Ability to communicate and organisational skills.

What training is there?

There are five weeks of core volunteer training. Admin staff will also support and supervise you.

How many hours per week?

Between 2 - 4 hours a week.


Footsteps perinatal volunteer

A perinatal volunteer helps new parents who have mild to moderate mental health problems following birth and until baby is a year old. This role is a great way to improve your confidence and communication skills, as well as gain an understanding of mild to moderate mental health issues.

What does a perinatal volunteer do?

Perinatal volunteers act as befrienders and visit families in their homes.

What skills and experience do they need?

They must be friendly, non-judgmental, and reliable.

What training is there?

There are 10 weeks of perinatal volunteer training, plus five weeks of core volunteer training. Perinatal champions and the wider family support team will also give support.

How many hours per week?

At least two hours a week.