Spending time with a child who has a disability
Fun and Breaks West Sussex
Fun and Breaks (FAB) is a County Council service which supports children with disabilities and their parents and carers. It asks volunteers to give 2 hours a week to help a disabled child or young person enjoy activities in the local community or in the child’s home.
Volunteers are DBS checked and trained before being matched with a child in their area. Volunteers get to know the child and family and then spend time with them each week having fun, sharing skills and supporting their independence. Volunteers are supported by their co-ordinator, further training is offered and travelling expenses are paid. Volunteers are always needed in West Sussex. If you are looking for something interesting and satisfying then checkout our web pages and give us a call.
- Commitment to and an ability to work with children and young people
- Sensitive and caring approach to children and young people with disabilities and their families
- Respect for different family lifestyles and values and a non-judgmental attitude
- Ability to work independently and flexibly
- Reliability, punctuality and honesty
- Respect for confidentiality
- Ability to work in partnership with families
Volunteers must be over 18 years of age. Our ideal volunteer will enjoy spending time engaging with children and young people with disabilities and doing fun activities with them whilst remaining responsible at all times.
Volunteering with FAB will give you a great sense of achievement. You are supporting a child to have fun and will see their progress in various ways which you have helped to make possible.
You will gain new skills in child care and disability or be able to use skills you already have. This can lead to work in this area or show any employer that you go the extra mile and take responsibility. This is very good for your CV.
You will have fun and make new friends.
You need to be physically able to care for a child with additional needs and take responsibility for their wellbeing.
Your own transport is a great asset and makes matching you with a family easier but is not essential.
When do I need to be available?
|Details||Many families need support after school or at the weekend during term time and then at any time during the school holidays. This is not babysitting so evenings are usually after school and up until bedtime. Some volunteers prefer to offer 4 hours every two weeks although shorter visits are better at the start.|
- Supporting People and Befriending
Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
Travel to be claimed monthly
Health and Safety
Insurance Cover for Volunteers
Support on Offer
Named co-ordinator and regular supervision
1st Aid course and on-going training specific to needs