Volunteer For Us
We need you to do something amazing!
Without our amazing volunteers, Westminster Befriend a Family simply wouldn’t exist. They are at the heart of everything we do – from the office to befriending to mentoring to running events. Everything we do involves volunteers. Brilliant volunteers. People like you! Come on, join us – you know you want to!
In return, you’ll have something a bit special to add to your CV. You’ll meet new people. You’ll gain new skills. And you’ll get the warm feeling from knowing that you’ve improved the lives of families and children across Westminster.
Here’s Sabrina to tell you a bit about her experiences as a volunteer. She’s been with us for a while, so she knows what she’s talking about…
Befrienders provide practical and emotional support to families in need by making supportive visits to their assigned family in the Westminster area. A befriender will usually provide home visits to the family each week for a minimum of 6 months.
A befriender can:
- Assist parents to find out about local services
- Provide non-specialist emotional support as an informed friend
- Assist families in the completion of paperwork (e.g. benefits forms) and correspondence
- Assist children with their homework
- Take children out for a few hours to allow parents some time to themselves
- Accompany parents to official appointments
Once we have received your completed application, we will invite you for a meeting. If you are successful we will put you forward for a befriending training course.
Trained mentors will be matched to a young person aged 13-18. Our mentors will guide and motivate the young person, support them in their schoolwork, and help them formulate and put into action plans for their education and careers.
A mentor can:
- Develop a trusting and supportive relationship with the young person.
- May help with homework, assignments and revision techniques.
- Encourage consideration of future options and assist in developing strategies for attainment of aspirations.
- Ensure that parents/carers are engaged in understanding and sharing aspirations and the pathways to their achievement.
- May be able to organise and accompany young people and parents, where appropriate, to university campuses, employment venues, training fairs etc.
Once we have received your completed application, we will invite you for a meeting. If you are successful we will put you forward for a mentoring training course.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Once we have received your completed application, if we think we may have a suitable position we will invite you for an interview to discuss your volunteering in more detail.