SENDIASS 1:1 Volunteer
To provide information, advice and support to parents and carers of children/young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities to help them ensure that they get the provision that they need to support their additional needs. To support the parent to enable their child or young person to give their views and be actively involved in decision-making about their lives. The focus is on making sure parents are aware of what may be available for their child and family, supporting the parent and promoting their resilience as they work through processes and negotiations that can feel complex or difficult. SENDIASS volunteers should approach the role with the aim of good outcomes for the child/young person i.e. that they are healthy, included in their community, make educational progress and are happy at pre-school/school/college. This will involve promoting good relationships and partnership working between parents and the services they need to work with - such as schools etc.
To be a SENDIASS Volunteer you need to:
- Have the skills to enable parents and young people to talk openly.
- Be skilled at listening and communicating with a wide range of people.
- Have a non-judgemental attitude.
- Have strengths in using basic IT, reading, understanding complex information and writing clearly.
For support to individual parents you need to be available about ten hours a month or more, usually during school hours, but with flexibility about days and times so as to be able to fit in with parents’ needs and availability.
- Supporting someone who has been through a difficult time and then seeing them achieve something they never thought was possible can be very rewarding and satisfying.
- Creates opportunities to develop new skills and friendships.
- Builds confidence and self esteem.
SENDIASS volunteers attend school meetings with parents and they may be all over B&H and East Sussex. At the moment most of these meetings are taking place online but when restrictions ease and schools are more open to parents then they will be in person.
When do I need to be available?
|Details||For support to individual parents you need to be available about ten hours a month or more, usually during school hours, but with flexibility about days and times so as to be able to fit in with parents’ needs and availability.|
Where does this role take place?
Brighton, Hove and East Sussex
- Disabled Access
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
- Suitable for a group of volunteers
- Support on Offer
- This role is adaptable for different abilities