Safe Families For Children Volunteer

Safe Families For Children

Name: Safe Families For Children Volunteer
Organisation: Safe Families For Children
Location: Coronation Ave, Yeovil, BA21 3DY
Type: Part Time


It may come as a surprise to you but we have many children and families in need here in Somerset. But many of these families can have their lives changed through contact with a friendly face.

Our Safe Families For Children volunteers provide a range of support to families, from having a chat over a coffee to helping a mum get her toddler to a doctor’s appointment. You could become a Safe Families Volunteer and make a difference in a local family’s life. In most cases it only takes an hour a week.

We would like to meet people who may be interested in befriending and supporting a local family. We are now developing a network of volunteers across South Somerset and Mendip. All volunteers receive an induction and training and we also facilitate a peer to peer support network for our volunteers.

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Organisation Description

Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) works hand-in-hand with children’s services to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer them help and support.

When a crisis strikes a family with children, its effects can be devastating. Many of us would turn to relatives and friends for support but some families can be really isolated with nobody there to help them. Stabilising families before they reach a breaking point is key to reducing the number of children who need to go into care. An award-winning charity, Safe Families has benefitted over 5000 children since it was launched in the UK in 2013.


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Cause / Interests

  • Advocacy
  • Children
  • Civil rights
  • Community Health & Wellbeing
  • Crime
  • Crisis Support
  • Disability
  • Disaster Relief
  • Domestic Abuse & Violence
  • Education
  • Faith
  • Families
  • Health & Hospices
  • Health & Safety
  • Housing
  • Human & Civil Rights
  • Hunger
  • Justice
  • Learning Disablity
  • Literacy
  • Men
  • Mental Health
  • Numeracy
  • Poverty
  • Refugees
  • Social Care
  • Unemployed
  • Victim Support
  • Women
  • Young People

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Community Work
  • General and Helping
  • Mentoring
  • Practical Work and DIY

Skills and Qualifications


3 ways to volunteer:
Host Family: Caring for children your own home for a short spell (overnight hosting).
Family Friend: Befriending and supporting struggling parents approx one hour a week
Resource Friend: Supporting families by providing useful goods or skills.

Volunteers will need 3 references, a DBS, have an interview and do a day's training.


New friends, satisfaction of helping a vulnerable family become stabilised.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, References, Other, DBS Check, Interview