Title: Day to Remember Family Group Events Volunteer

Based: The events take place in community venues within Cumbria, usually Penrith, Carlisle or Kendal. 

Department: Bereavement Services

Role summary

Volunteers provide support and assistance on our Day to Remember, a group event for bereaved children aged 4 to 12 and their families to meet and support each other. This includes helping with light equipment, encouraging children and supporting their discussions in the group. Volunteers support the staff members to facilitate the day so that children and families find it a valuable and rewarding experience.  Volunteers will be directed by the staff leading the event and will remain with the staff at all times.

On arrival at the venue. volunteers will help staff set up the rooms and activities for the families. Once families arrive volunteers help run the planned activities including crafts, games and discussions. These are always led by staff, but volunteers support the group or the children to complete the activities. At the end of the day volunteers are expected to help clear away the equipment and participate in the debriefing session. 

Without volunteer support these events cannot be attended by as many families so you will be very valued in this role by staff and families. 

Terms

Volunteers must be able to attend some or all of the Days to Remember held in Cumbria three or four times a year, starting on 16th October 2022. Events are always held on a weekend. Volunteers are needed 9am to 5pm at each event. They must attend a training day (dates TBC). Volunteers are subject to an enhanced DBS paid for Child Bereavement UK.

Additional

  • We encourage diversity in all our volunteer roles. If you have a disability or additional need and have concerns as to your ability to volunteer, please contact us to see how we can support you.

Essential skills 

  • Ability to show empathy, work well with children and their parents / carers. 
  • Ability to engage in discussions of bereavement, willingness to learn ways of understanding grief and supporting bereaved families. 
  • Confidence in working with others in a group setting.

Support given

  • Training on bereavement and the running of the event is provided.
  • Briefing before and after the event along with other support from staff if required.
  • T-shirt provided.

What you’ll get out of the experience

  • Training in supporting bereaved children and their families. 
  • Many volunteers say how rewarding and valuable they find the events.
  • Experience supporting children and families affected by bereavement.
  • Helping us to support bereaved children, parents and families to rebuild their lives.

Key working relationships

  • Bereavement Services - Bereavement Support Practitioners from the North Team.

Terms and conditions

This job profile is not intended to be a complete list of duties and responsibilities but is a guide for information. It may be reviewed and changed in the light of the evolving needs of the Charity and as part of the volunteer’s development. Any changes will be made following discussion with the post holder. 

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