Volunteers

FSN values the contribution that volunteers make. They complement and support our staff bringing with them a wide range of skills and knowledge.
 
FSN seeks to recruit volunteers who are enthusiastic, have a willingness to learn, and have a friendly caring and helpful approach to children, young people, families that is non-discriminating.

How do I become a Volunteer?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at FSN please contact our Human Resources tel: 01424 423683 ext. 30 who will offer information about volunteering opportunities, or complete and return our Volunteer Application Form link and Equal Opportunities Form link.

What happens next?
Once you have completed your application form (help is available to do this) a visit will be arranged.
FSN works with vulnerable children and families and all our staff and volunteers are DBS checked. You will be asked to fill in a Disclosure & Barring Services Form and to bring in documents to confirm your identity. We will also ask you to provide contact details for 2 referees. Once this is completed you will be ready to start as a volunteer.
 
Who will show me what to do?
The Manager/Leader of  the project  will take you  through ‘Induction’ which will explain FSN’s background, your role and responsibilities. They will also introduce you to the people you will be supporting.

My Time Now volunteer says
"I volunteer to give something back for the many blessings I have in my life, but actually, the young people give me so much more than I could ever hope to give them!" - Jan
 

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SuccessES


Volunteering at the Health and Wellbeing drop ins I have supported attendees with engaging into activities, not only at FSN but in the local community. It’s great to have access to all the activities and information not only for our service users but also for myself. I really enjoy supporting the community and being part of the hub team!
“I have come along and attended various courses at FSN but also attended the computer and Health and Wellbeing drop ins. Coming here as made me in such a better place, everyone is so supportive! I feel so much more confident, I have found myself again. I love it here!

- Health and Wellbeing Hubs

It was really nice to meet other families In our group, in the same situation as us, "I was terrified to start with but it was an extremely fun day"
My little girl has really benefitted from being with other young people in similar situations. She knows she is not alone and it's ok to be sad and angry. She talks about Nanna now a lot more"
"Dragonflies has made an invaluable difference to my son, I think he was in a dark place and Dragonflies has let the light shine for him again

- Dragonflies parent/carer comments

2072 children and young people aged between 5 and 18 have been supported by Dragonflies since 2006, including:
434 who have lost their father
217 who have lost their mother
182 who have lost their sibling
600 who have lost their grandparent
346 who have lost a close significant relative or friend
288 who have experienced multiple deaths in the family
5 who have experienced pre-bereavement
and of these children 127 have lost someone through suicide

- Dragonflies Bereavement Project

I feel more open in front of other people now"
"I'm less stressed, more confident"
"I feel good about myself - I am amazing"
"I found people that have experienced the same, it's good to talk to them"
"I've learnt little things that I can do"
"It's helped me talk to people and to make friends

- My Time Now young people's comments

The Community Learning courses have been a valuable resource for our clients looking to improve their mental health and wellbeing, as well as providing insight to self-management/coping strategies to build resilience. Our clients have reported they have found them interesting, informative and easy to engage with due to the welcoming and supportive staff and informal setting

- Community Connectors, Southdown