Council appeals for children's centre volunteers
PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 October 2011 | UPDATED: 13:57 03 October 2011
THE council his appealing for more volunteers to help at children's centres across North Somerset.
The 14 centres give advice and support to parents of children from birth to five-years-old.
Around 30 volunteers currently work across the centres but more are desperately needed.
Some of the tasks that volunteers could help with include hands-on help with groups such as baby dinners, stay and play, or dads’ groups.
Volunteers are also needed for behind-the-scenes tasks such as tidying cupboards, cleaning toys, registering parents and preparing refreshments.
Volunteer co-ordinator Wendy Bryant said: “We’re looking for people with a wide range of skills and experience who can help with this important work.
“Having extra help means the volunteers can play with children and chat to mums while trained staff can spend more time with people who need it. It’s all about positive role-modelling.”
“You can also take pride in the knowledge that you are contributing to young families in your local community.”
Brett Pritchett, a volunteer on Saturday mornings at Portishead children’s centre, said: “I was drawn to this as I know that dads and their children often get little quality time together. It’s good fun for the volunteers to see the enjoyment and friendships develop.”
Volunteer Joanna Pritchett said: “I especially enjoy seeing dads who come along regularly beginning to relax and gradually get to know others.
“The children love the variety of toys available and the space to move around
“As a team we all come from different walks of life.”
Anyone who wants to help support families can attend a workshop to find out more about how children’s centres work.
There will be a CRB check and an application process before training is given.
To find out more call Wendy Bryant on 01275 885 328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.