Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering with Barnardo's is a great way to help vulnerable children and support families. Volunteers help us extend and enrich our work by bringing a diversity of skills, experience, community knowledge and service opportunities. In return, volunteers have the opportunity to enhance their existing skills and gain new experiences.

The Hampshire Healthy Families service is looking for enthusiastic and creative volunteers to support project staff and health visitors in the delivery of services and activities to children, parents and carers. There are a variety of opportunities - if you are interested in applying we will explain the different activities available and look at what interests you the most to determine the best role for you.

Would I be right for the service?

Do you have:

  •     A desire to volunteer with children and adults;
  •     Good listening skills with an empathetic approach;
  •     Patience and strong relationship-building skills?

Are You:

  •     Willing to take direction from project staff and health visitors;
  •     A ‘people person’ who can be open and encouraging;
  •     Non-judgemental and flexible in your approach;
  •     Willing to volunteer a minimum of one 3 hour session per week;
  •     Able to travel around your local area and willing to help others access different services within their community, often by public transport;
  •     Willing to provide an online summary of what you have done each time you volunteer (requires access to a computer or smartphone);
  •     Happy to provide satisfactory references and for Barnardo’s to complete a DBS check before you start your role?

What support or training would I get?

With the support of the Volunteer Coordinator you will be guided through the first few weeks with us by completing a full Barnardo’s volunteer induction, and then receive on-going support throughout your time with us. You will receive:

  •     Full volunteer training: including Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity, and Professional Boundaries;
  •     Access to additional training via our Volunteer Academy;
  •     Regular supervision and support from the Volunteer Coordinator;
  •     Support from the Hampshire Healthy Families team whilst you are volunteering.

There are many ways that you can help support Barnardo’s work with the most vulnerable children and young people. If you are interested in volunteering outside of Hampshire, click here for UK wide volunteering opportunities with Barnardo’s.

We believe that volunteering plays an essential role in our work to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people across the UK through the work of our projects, campaigning, research and fundraising.


Volunteer roles available in Hampshire

'Hampshire Healthy Families Community Volunteer':

Barnardo's work with Health Visiting Teams across eight areas in Hampshire. Each area runs a variety of community based programmes, led by a Barnardo's Community Health Development Worker (CHDW), who is supported by a cohort of volunteers. We have different opportunities available within the 'HHF Community Volunteer' role:

Group and activity support 

The Role: You will support project staff and health visitors to deliver services and activities to children, parents and carers. There are a variety of different activities available and we would look at what interests you most, for example: helping run a Ready Steady Mums social walking group; promote the Five to Thrive approach to new/first time parents; support the 'HENRY' programme; or help run health roadshows and other relevant activities provided by Healthy Families that promote healthy outcomes for children across Hampshire.

Child health clinic support

The Role: You will support health visitors and families during clinic sessions - for example, breastfeeding clinics, baby and child ‘weigh and play’ clinics, etc, actively promoting key public health messages .

Peer befriender

The Role: You will support parents, carers and families in the community who may find it daunting to access health services, groups and activities in their local community. For example, you may meet someone outside a toddler group or clinic, and go into the activity/group with them. This will enable the family to access community groups.

Read more about the different opportunities available and view our volunteer flyer.

For more information about volunteering within Hampshire Healthy families, and to obtain a volunteer application pack, please email hhf@barnardos.org.uk, stating the location you wish to volunteer in.

Contact Us Today

Please contact the Hampshire Healthy Families team with your query:
Phone: 01489 797094
Email: hhf@barnardos.org.uk
Post: HHF Service, Barnardo's, Post Office Chambers, St John's Centre, Hedge End SO30 4QU

Interested in Volunteering?

We are looking for creative and enthusiastic volunteers to join our team, we have a range of roles available across Hampshire.

For more information about volunteering within Hampshire Healthy families please email  hhf@barnardos.org.uk

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