Bristol Community Health is a Community Interest Company (CIC) and not-for-profit social enterprise providing NHS community health services to the people of Bristol and beyond. We provide over 40 different services, ranging from community nursing teams and end of life care to prison healthcare, school nursing, health visiting, diabetes support and physiotherapy.
We are committed to working with volunteers to improve people’s experience of care, build stronger relationships with communities and reduce health inequalities. We work with partners in the voluntary sector to develop meaningful volunteering roles, and support volunteers to make progress towards their goals.
Do you love playing and interacting with children, particularly those who have a learning disability or developmental disorder? Are you considering a career in healthcare or therapy, and not sure where to start? Or are you just looking to do something positive and inspiring with your time? This could be the perfect role for you. We are looking for empathetic and caring volunteers to help out in our Stay and Play support sessions for pre-school aged children with additional needs and their parents.
Bristol Community Health (BCH) is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing NHS community health services to the people of Bristol and beyond. We work in partnership with Sirona and AWP to provide our community children’s services, which supports children across Bristol and South Gloucestershire with paediatricians, therapists, health workers and others.
In the role of Stay and Play Support Volunteer, you would be helping on our stay and play support sessions provide in partnership with Bristol City Council. These sessions are designed for children up to the age of 5 who have a range of additional needs to come together with their parents and interact and play in a safe and secure setting. They are run by an Early Support Practitioner from BCH and a member of the Portage and Inclusion Team from Bristol City Council, who will be supporting parents in relation to their child’s health and education needs, offering emotional support to parents and planning/facilitating a variety of activities appropriate to the developmental level of the children attending.
Whilst the trained clinical staff carry out their work, your role as a volunteer will be to help keep the children entertained, playing with them using the equipment provided and helping to keep the room clean and tidy. You will also be involved in helping to set up and pack down before and after each session, and preparing snacks for the children when the team are busy. The sessions will last approximately 2.5 hours within a Nursery School in East/Central Bristol, term time only.
Although there will only be one volunteer per course, you will be part of a team of other volunteers across the city, all supported by a volunteer coordinator and service lead. We arrange regular meet-ups to discuss what you have done so far, and to allow our volunteers to have a say in how the role works and express any concerns they have.
In return for committing to volunteering with us, you can expect the opportunity to build strong relationships with the children and families present, develop positive communication skills and get experience working directly with children.
No previous experience is required for this role as full training is provided, although the ideal candidate would have a strong interest in children with disabilities or additional needs. Most importantly, you will need to have a warm and friendly manner and be enthusiastic and ready to join in! We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Due to the nature of the role, an enhanced DBS check will be required.
“Working with children who have additional needs and disabilities is highly rewarding and lots of fun. I love my role within Rainbows group, as I have the opportunity to meet and build relationships with so many different families, and each week as we play with the children we watch them grow and learn and develop. I look forward to the group – it is my favourite part of the week!” – Tansy Masters, Early Support Practitioner
If you are interested in finding out more please contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Juckes on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 440 9178
Minimum commitment level: Twice a month
Start Date: 30-09-2019