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


"Everyone was kind and never judged everyone"
"Sometimes I find it hard to control my feelings, actions, but I understand this now"
"It was fun and creative"
"I have got more friends now since starting the group"
"I learned that you should share your feelings"

- My Time Too children's comments

"I am started to volunteer with FSN in the Health and Wellbeing Hub in July 2018. In September I am starting a level 3 course at FSN through another of their projects and I am also looking into doing a degree in psychology next year. Once I complete the degree I hope to start a new career path and help others and work towards removing the barriers to mental health. The course started me on this new path and changed my life!"

- Wellbeing Hubs volunteer

"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

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

"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