Healthy Families Volunteer

Barnardo’s believes in children regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour. Our purpose as a charity today is to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

We believe in the abused, the most vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child. We do this because we believe that every child deserves the best start in life and the chance to fulfill their potential.

With the right help, committed support and a little belief, even the most vulnerable children can turn their lives around. Barnardo’s is regulated by the Charity Commission. Being a registered charity means that we must always be accountable and transparent.

Project information: The Hampshire Healthy Families service will help families build healthy futures for their children aged 0-5 years. We will map what is already out there for families; and help parents and carers find groups and activities close to home and suitable for their child’s needs.

The Barnardo’s team will promote strong attachment and healthy child development through positive activities, play and outreach – roadshows, group activities and training for other professionals working with children.

Barnardo’s will work with the Health Visiting Team to increase their community support groups such as Ready, Steady Mums (get fit and socialise) and Knowing me, Knowing You (a group for women with low mood and anxiety after the birth of their baby). Barnardo’s will also help to develop new groups and activities for families by speaking to the local community and listening to what parents need and want in their area.

Various locations in Hampshire (Gosport & Fareham, Basingstoke, Hart & Rushmoor, Andover/Winchester, New Forest, Romsey & Eastleigh, Havant, and East Hants. including Petersfield.)

The Role: The Healthy Families service is looking for enthusiastic and creative volunteers to support project staff and health visitors deliver services and activities to children, parents and carers. We will explain the different activities available and look at what interests you most, but as part of the role you will be expected to do some or all of the following:

• Help run Ready Steady Mums or Knowing Us support groups;

• Promote the Five to Thrive approach to families;

• Help run health roadshows and other relevant activities provided by Healthy Families that promote healthy outcomes for children across Hampshire.

• Show good listening skills with an empathetic approach;

• Be willing to take direction from project staff and health visitors;

• Be able to create a rapport with a range of people – be open and encouraging;

• Want to volunteer with children and adults;

• Have patience and strong relationship-building skills;

• Be non-judgmental and flexible in your approach;

• Be happy to volunteer on your own in your local area, with access to a mobile phone for lone working purposes;

• Be able to travel around your local area and willing to help others use public transport and walking routes to get to different places in their community;

• Some activities may need volunteers willing to talk to larger groups of people – if you have the confidence to do this, please let us know!



• You will contribute to the development of the service and its day-to-day running;

• You will arrive punctually to activities as arranged with Barnardo’s and the Health Visiting Team and keep in touch with project staff as required;

• You will maintain accurate records of what you have done and provide summaries and reports as required (this usually requires access to a computer);

• You will communicate effectively and sensitively with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, both verbally and in writing;

• You will carry out your volunteering within Barnardo’s policies and procedures and our basis and values;

• You will attend relevant meetings and additional training as appropriate.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
    You will complete a DBS check
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    We will reimburse reasonable expenses (travel costs, parking, etc.) on a regular basis.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
    •Full volunteer training, including Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity, Professional boundaries, and information about your role;
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 10/07/2017

End Date: 10/08/2018

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Availability Details

Minimum requirement of one 3 hour session per week (each opportunity is different – please speak to us about the time you would like to offer); Various locations in Hampshire (Gosport & Fareham, Basingstoke, Hart & Rushmoor, Andover/Winchester, New Fores


This opportunity is available Countywide.

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