Why become one of our volunteers?
Volunteering for us is a great way to support and meet other adoptive families in your area.
It can also be a lot of fun and is a good way to make new friends, as well as learning new skills and gaining valuable work experience.
We frequently receive enquiries from the media wanting to interview adoptive families and prospective adopters
Sharing your story is a great way to raise awareness about the joys and challenges of adoption with a wider audience.
We are looking for all types of stories from prospective adopters at the start of the process to those who are several years into an adoption.
Your story can be a positive one or focus on some of the challenges you've faced as an adopter.
As a Group Coordinator you will have the scope to shape an annual programme to focus on what local adopters and adoptive families as asking for. Groups set up in partnership with local adoption agencies will have the benefits of that connection and additional resources.
Some of our groups are run by individuals, some by two or more Group Coordinators.
In return we offer specialist, role-focused training for you to help you to manage all aspects of the role, full and on-going support to set up and run your group, a framework and resources to make it easier to operate. Out of pocket expenses are also covered.
Who are the coordinators?
Our volunteers are adoptive parents (i.e. legally adopted their child or children).
They are people with:
- some time to spare and share;
- have a general interest in others; and
- an awareness of, and an interest in, developing their knowledge of adoption and related issues.
What do they do?
Our volunteers offer encouragement and support to people interested in adopting children, prospective adopters, approved adopters and adoptive parents.
Through group meetings and family get-togethers, they provide the opportunity for prospective adopters and adoptive parents to get to know each other in their local communities. These opportunities to meet up and share experiences are invaluable to our members.
Where do we need volunteers?
We are currently recruiting in the following areas:
- Uckfield, East Sussex
- Waltham Forest and Barking & Dagenham
- Essex – Colchester
- North/North-West London
- Support Group Coordinator vacancy – Uckfield, East Sussex
- Volunteer Vacancy - Waltham Forest and Barking & Dagenham
- Support Group Coordinator vacancy – Hampshire
We often have vacancies in other areas. If you are interested in running a support group in a different part of the UK, please contact Beryl on 01295 752256 or via email.
Our volunteers are our local community representatives and their role within the organisation is highly valued.
We are committed to the training and development of our volunteers, who will recive ongoing training and support. You will also receive complimentary membership.
If you could offer a regular commitment of between six and 15 hours per month you could help us to run a local support group.