SEND Partnership Service Parent Champion (volunteer)
- Flexible to suit
- This is a flexible role during term time and could fit around existing commitments
- To protect you and the families you help we use a Safer Recruitment policy and references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks will be carried out before you start.
Parent Champions are parents who volunteer their time to share their positive experiences with families whose children may need extra support. Parent Champions -
- Raise awareness of the support available through the SEND Partnership Service and through the Rainbow Resource
- Act as ambassadors for the SEND Partnership Service in daily life and at events and activities (if you want to)
- Are in the playground/available to talk with families who need support
- Are available to signpost families to appropriate services and resources if asked
- Share own experiences in a positive way
- Link with parent groups to tell them about the SEND Partnership Service and the support on offer
- Understand and offer support to overcome the barriers to the use of childcare and early years services from a parent or carer’s point of view
- Keep basic records which demonstrate the benefits of Parent Champions
- Feedback concerns about services and information to SPS so that we can work with the local authority to get it right for families
Activities: what you could be doing
- Communicating with parents and carers using a variety of methods.
- Offering choices to parents and families on the different family services they could use.
- Signposting families to relevant organisations who may be able to support them
- Referring parents and carers to children’s centres and other local organisations to get involved in local activities and services.
What we want from you:
- Recording accurate information manually so that we can see the impact of the Parent Champion scheme.
- Meetings with Project Manager and other Parent Champions regularly.
- Attend a minimum of 3 update training sessions per year including attending SPS Team Meetings to share good practice and update knowledge
What we will give you:
- Induction training and support in your volunteering role
- Relevant training to keep your knowledge and skills updated
- Out of pocket expenses can be reimbursed
Person Profile: we need
- Someone who feels confident approaching and speaking with others.
-Someone who can get along with people and understand their world.
-Someone who understands the difficulties parents and carers face when their child has an additional need
- Someone who knows what is in the local area in terms of children, family support and fun things for families to do
- Someone who is actively engaged/has good links with parents, carers and other groups in their local community.
- Someone with positive experience of accessing support for a child with additional needs
- Someone with an understanding of how to keep children safe and a positive motivation for working with parents.
- Someone who has emotional maturity, is non-judgmental and has personal resilience.
As a volunteer with the SEND Partnership Service you will be required to adhere to our code of conduct policy