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Volunteer for Ups and Downs Southwest

Volunteer for Ups and Downs Southwest

Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 1 Aug 2022
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Would you be interested in providing weekly support and practical help to parents who have a child or young person with Down Syndrome in their own home?

Detailed description

  • To undertake a two day foundation training course.
  • To offer time, empathy, understanding and a ‘’listening ear’’ to parents by meeting either in the family home, at a neutral base or through email or telephone communication
  • To agree to regular support meetings, ongoing training and one-to-one supervision
  • To accept the codes of practice to which the service adheres including, but not limited to, confidentiality, child protection, and equal opportunities; copies of these will be received during training or on appointment
  • To be aware of the professional boundaries of the role
  • To be aware of the position as a trusted individual not to unduly influence a parent by giving direct advice or exerting control over an action to be taken by the parent.
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What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
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About Ups and Downs Southwest

Whether you are a new parent, family member, professional involved with a child who has Down Syndrome or someone who has an interest, we hope you will be able to find the support and information you seek from Ups and Downs Southwest. With dedicated teams based in Somerset and Bristol, our membership and reach covers the majority of the South West; from Devon to Bristol, including Dorset, Somerset, North Somerset, and Wiltshire.