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Volunteer for family support

Volunteer for family support

Give a little time, make a BIG difference

About our family support service

Caring for a child or young person with a learning disability can sometimes be hard work. As a volunteer you can provide extra help for parents and carers when and where they need it most.

It's so rewarding to realise that you're making a small but positive difference


How you can help

Your support could allow a parent or carer to take a well earned break. Whether you look after the child or young person at home or help them access fun activities in the community, your support will make a BIG difference to a child or young person and their family.

What family support involves

Being a volunteer for the family support service is a serious but enjoyable commitment. It involves spending a few hours once a month with the child or young person, doing something they enjoy. You could help them get out and about and play in the park or take a dip in the swimming pool. Or you could look after the child or young person at home, playing games, doing arts and crafts or watching a DVD. You do not need any special qualifications, but a responsible attitude and a patient, caring nature are essential - and even a little bit of your time could make a big difference.

How we support you

As a family support volunteer we will make sure you get:

  • Induction training to explain your role and then further training if you need it
  • Full support from our dedicated team at one-to-one meetings and through regular phone and email contact
  • Full reimbursement of any travel or out of pocket expenses

How to volunteer

To find out more about becoming a family support volunteer please contact us at volunteer@eddies.org.uk or call us on 01223 883140 or 01223 883130.

Download a leaflet about volunteering for our family support service.

Who are we

Who are we

We are a local charity supporting children, young people and adults with learning disabilities in lots of different ways.

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