Enhancing the lives of children and families within the Leeds area

Volunteering

Volunteering

What can L.W.C.A. offer volunteers?

We will endeavour to meet the needs of volunteers and celebrate and promote volunteering within the organisation.  We will value volunteers and view them as an enhancement to our regular staff team.

We offer training opportunities in the following four compulsory courses:

  • Safe Moving and Handling
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Behaviour Management

The opportunity to develop skills and gain real work experience.  Please note you must be 16 years of age before you can apply to volunteer with us.

What do we expect from our volunteers?

  1. Reliability
  2. Enthusiasm
  3. Good communication skills
  4. An interest in working with children with additional needs
  5. Ability to work in a team
  6. Ability to maintain confidentiality
  7. Willingness to undergo training
  8. To familiarise themselves with the L.W.C.A.’s policies and operate within those policy guidelines.
  9. To wear appropriate clothing including the Weekenders Club uniform (T shirt).
  10. To wear ID badge whilst volunteering.
  11. To contact the Play Leader by telephone if you are unable to attend your shift.

How do we recruit volunteers?

  1. Initial telephone conversation to discuss the role of care worker and arrange to send information to applicant
  2. An introduction to the organisation including a supervised visit to the play scheme.
  3. Return of completed application form
  4. Interview
  5. Taking up 2 references
  6. Enhanced DBS check
  7. Induction (Administration) at offices of L.W.C.A.
  8. Induction (Practical) at Play Scheme – Vine
  9. Training (volunteering may commence before training is undertaken)

Do volunteers get paid any expenses?

  1. We do not pay our volunteers. We do provide an allowance for travelling expenses as we do not expect volunteers to be out of pocket for travelling to and from the site.
  2. We do not pay for child care expenses.
  3. Volunteering does not affect your benefits at all, although if you are unsure please contact your Benefits Adviser.
  4. As this experience is unpaid, volunteers will not receive a contract of employment.

And finally …..

Volunteering can be an enriching experience which gives a close insight into the difficulties young people with disabilities face along with their families and carers.  Undoubtedly, there will be testing times whilst volunteering with our client group, many of whom present with challenging behaviour as well as physical disabilities, which make dependence on others essential for them to access play and leisure.  However, our staff team enjoy these challenges and find that their efforts reap rewards.  You can expect to have fun, meet new friends, gain valuable experience, enhance your CV, do something different, build your confidence and feel good, because the time you give will really help the young people in our care and support their families.

Thank you for considering offering your time to us.