Volunteering Opportunities this Volunteers' Week

5th June 2018 By: Michelle Cunliffe

This Volunteers' Week, we have a number of exciting opportunities available. Our volunteers make a significant difference and positively impact the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and those we support. We are honoured to allow parents and young people to act as champions and to participate in various opportunities, projects and services. Everyone has their own story and individual reasons for getting involved, but they, like us, are committed to improving mental healthcare for children and families. We would like to say a genuine ‘thank you’ to all our volunteers.

Do you want to become a Parent Champion at the Centre?

Read what a Parent Champion had to say about her experience of volunteering for the Centre. 

Professional skills workshops
Time commitment: 2 - 7 hours per quarter
Number of volunteers required: Unlimited

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families works with children, young people and their families to support their mental wellbeing. We are committed to ensuring that the experiences of parents and young people help us to further improve our services for those most in need of support. Our aim is that children, young people and parents are involved in all aspects of our work. One way we do this is through our Young and Parent Champions who contribute to our work in a number of different ways, including contributing to specific projects or speaking at events. Working with young people and their families is also fundamental to The Family School, an Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families’ initiative and unique alternative provision school in central London for pupils aged 5 to 14 for whom learning has nearly come to a stop due to emotional and behavioural issues which may have led to exclusion from mainstream school.

Upskilling parents and young people involved in projects such as The Family School, and our Champions is an integral part of us providing support in other ways. Presenting at or taking part in some of our workshops for young people and care-givers is an invaluable way to share your knowledge and experience both inside and outside of the professional world. It can be a fantastic way to provide the individuals we work with new information and perspective. The information shared at these workshops can also help to inform our work around mental wellbeing and support. By giving up a few hours to get involved in our workshops, you can make a huge impact to the young people and families we support.

Volunteering at our Children, Young People and Families Activity Days
Time commitment: 3 – 5 hours twice a year
Number of volunteers required: 8 – 10
Location: London

The Centre’s activity days are an opportunity for the children, young people and families across a number of different projects to come together to take part in fun and exciting activities. They are also an opportunity for people to learn more about mental wellbeing and take away some top tips by taking part in workshops and listening to informative talks from some of the Centre’s senior clinicians. We would welcome any support from volunteers for running these days.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering for the Centre please get in touch with our Youth Participation Officer, Nicholas Morgan, nicholas.morgan@annafreud.org, or our Parent Participation Officer, Myrvete Gashi, myrvete.gashi@annafreud.org

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