Volunteering at FSN

FSN values the contribution that volunteers make. They complement and support our staff bringing with them a wide range of skills and knowledge.  Volunteering at FSN you can be part of a charity really making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families.
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.
Whether you are looking to gain more work experience or are looking for a role where you can feel valued and be involved in your community, FSN has a variety of positions to choose from.  Role descriptions are in place for all volunteer roles to give an overview of what to expect. 
All volunteer role descriptions are attached to the bottom of this page.
Our volunteers says
"Volunteering has given me more of a purpose.  I am part of something rather than being isolated”
“My volunteering has helped me to get more confidence and gives me a sense of self-worth”
"I enjoy working in the friendly atmosphere of the staff and volunteers at FSN"

How do I become a Volunteer?
Take a look at our Volunteer Handbook to understand more of what we do.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at FSN please contact Theresa Gasson, our Volunteer Coordinator tel: 01424 423683 ext. 2015 who will offer information about volunteering opportunities and guide you through the process.  You can also fill in our Volunteer Application Form and Equal Opportunities form and email it to tgasson@fsncharity.co.uk.
What happens next?
Once you have completed your application form (help is available to do this) and know where you would like to start your volunteering journey, you will have an informal interview to meet us and review your skills and to learn more about the roles available.

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 and complete Safeguarding training. Once this is completed, you will be given a full induction ready to start as a volunteer.



"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

I do feel that safeguarding and wellbeing of the children is fully prioritised and staff go to great lengths to support families and children. The Nursery demonstrates empathy and works hard to ensure fairness for families/children here. Really stands out as 'safe space' for children.

- Health Visitor - St. Nick's Nursery

"I started to volunteer with FSN in the Health and Wellbeing Hub in July 2018. In September I started 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