Ways You Can Volunteer

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Ways You Can Volunteer

At Families Together Suffolk we have lots of ways that you can get involved and help to make a positive difference to families in your local community. We’re always looking for people who would like to help and contribute to what we do.
We like to think we’ve got something for everyone, and we love hearing about your particular skills and ideas.
Please contact us, we’d love to hear from you.

We are looking for team members for the following roles:
- Family Support Volunteer in the Home
- Family Group Volunteer
- Retail Volunteer
- Trustee
- Young Volunteers

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Become A Home Visiting Volunteer

Join our fantastic team of volunteers visit families who have asked for support from Families Together Suffolk in their own homes Our volunteers visit these families once a week, offering a friendly, practical, and emotionally supportive presence.
For this role we ask volunteers for a commitment of 2-3 hours per week (including travel time).
We provide comprehensive training over six weekly sessions covering important topics like safeguarding and a free DBS check is included.

Our volunteer role welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds. Whether you're a parent yourself or have experience working with children, personally or professionally, you're a perfect fit for our team.

Additionally, when you volunteer with Families Together Suffolk, you have the option to take part in our LENA project. This project focuses on nurturing speech development in babies and children under the age of three years old. As a volunteer, you'll assist families in achieving speech-related goals, increasing the number of words babies and children hear, and providing valuable tips to parents and guardians on how to reach these goals.
Activities can range from singing nursery rhymes and reading books to discussing everyday topics like shopping or laundry, all designed to enhance language and vocabulary.

Join us today and make a difference in the lives of families.

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Become A Group Volunteer

Becoming a volunteer at one of our parent and child groups for under fives is a truly rewarding experience. It's an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of young children and their parents, fostering a supportive and nurturing environment.

As a volunteer, you'll have the chance to engage in activities, from playtime and crafts to cooking, singing songs sharing books with children, preparing snacks, taking part in a treasure hunt or den building activities outdoors – no two weeks are the same. You'll provide a valuable source of encouragement and assistance to parents, offering them a supportive community where they can share experiences and gain valuable insights into child development.

Volunteering at a group not only enriches the lives of the families but also provides you with a sense of fulfilment and the chance to witness the incredible growth and development of young children firsthand.

You don’t need to have parenting experience to volunteer at one of our groups and there is a full training session to attend to help you prepare for your role. We ask volunteers to commit to a regular group session which is usually once a week for 1-2 hours.

As well as our parent and child groups open to all parents with children under five years old we also run perinatal mental health and SEND groups which also need volunteers to help them to run.

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Become a Retail Volunteer

At Families Together Suffolk we have a great team of retail staff and volunteers. The retail team run our charity shop in Eye, our eBay selling hub in Stowmarket and our Facebook Marketplace page online. Our retail activities help to raise vital funds, supporting the aims of Families Together Suffolk to help families across Suffolk. We are keen to find more individuals who would like to join our small but powerful retail volunteering team. If you’re able to offer a half-day or full-day shift volunteering in one of our retail teams, please get in touch.

Here are some of the roles available within our retail team:

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The Benefits Of Volunteering

Volunteering offers a wide range of benefits to individuals, making it a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Here are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer:

  • For personal growth and development: develop new skills, build self-confidence/ self-esteem or challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone.
  • An opportunity to gain new skills, knowledge or experience which can be valuable in both personal and professional lives.
  • Mental and emotional wellbeing: Helping others can boost your mood and reduce stress levels. The sense of accomplishment from making a positive impact on others can lead to increased happiness and reduced feelings of isolation.
  • Physical health: remaining active can help promote fitness.
  • To make a difference to the lives of others in your own community and feel a sense of belonging.
  • To feel valued, and part of a team of like-minded people.
  • To enhance your CV by demonstrating commitment and a willingness to give back to the community.
  • To meet new people or network and to meet others from different backgrounds.
  • To give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person's life, either directly or indirectly and feel a sense of achievement.
  • Fun and enjoyment: It can be a great source of happiness and fulfilment. Volunteers choose to do their roles and can enjoy the activities and tasks they undertake and the feeling of accomplishment that comes from it.

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Become A Trustee

This is a great opportunity to give something back to your community by sharing your skills and knowledge, and a great way to meet new people. The Families Together Suffolk Board of Trustees meet 4-5 times per year, spending around 3 hours per week on their duties.

Join the Families Together Suffolk charity as a Trustee and make a lasting difference.

Are you passionate about strengthening families and communities? Do you want to play a crucial role in shaping the future of a charity dedicated to supporting families in need? If so, we invite you to become a Trustee at our charity.

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Do you have what it takes to be a Families Together Suffolk volunteer?

To find out more about becoming a volunteer at Families Together Suffolk
please call us on 01379678552 or email info@familiestogethersuffolk.org.uk

The team at Families Together Suffolk look forward to hearing from you.

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