Purpose of Role:
Noah’s Ark provides regular Family Activities including Family Days, Parent Groups, Siblings Groups and Noah’s Ark Children’s Groups. These activities are designed to provide fun and free days out, allowing children and families the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and to take part in new activities in an accessible environment.
Opportunities of the role:
• Gain experience working with children
• Gain experience working with people with disabilities
• Build social skills through a variety of interactions
• Develop ability to work as part of a team
Family Days Main activities/tasks include:
• Setting up the room
• Greeting and directing families
• Running activities for family members
• Supporting individual families
• Assisting with refreshments
• Tidying up
Parent Groups Main activities/tasks of this role:
• Assisting with the crèche by playing and reading with babies and toddlers
Sibling Groups Main activities/tasks include:
• Escorting siblings in taxis or on public transport
• Befriending siblings throughout the activities
• Assisting siblings to take part in the activities
These groups are for the brothers and sisters of the children we support. There are two age groups: 6-10 & 11-18.
Noah’s Ark Children’s Groups Main activities/tasks can include:
• Working 1:1 with a child to support them to engage in the activity
• Working alongside our team of Specialist Carers
These groups are for the children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and are divided based on the children’s ages and conditions
This opportunity will assist you in gaining the following skills:
Training will be provided by the organisation for this position:
Interviews and Training:
At Noah’s Ark we value volunteer support, but we are also aware that not all roles are suitable for everyone. The interview and training process is in place to ensure that the Noah’s Ark staff get to know more about you, to ensure that you are given the correct training for the role and so that you can find out if this is a role you would like to undertake. The training process is as follows:
• Volunteer Induction All potential volunteers have to attend one of these sessions before they are able to get involved in any capacity.
• 1st Interview This will take place at the Noah’s Ark Office at a mutually agreeable time.
• Core Module Training Any volunteers wanting to work directly with Noah’s Ark families are required to attend the 2 day training (Saturday and Sunday).
• 2nd Interview A chance to recap on the training and discuss if both parties feel the role is suitable.
• Activities Module Training 2 weekday evenings to prepare volunteers for the specific requirements of the Family Activities Volunteer role
• Safeguarding Module Training 1 morning or 1 evening, depending on the schedule, this helps to ensure the safety of our service.
Training programmes are run at regular intervals throughout the year.