Volunteers sign up for Family Support Hubs
June 6, 2023
Autism East Midlands has put out a call for new volunteers this week to help out at its Family Support Hubs. The appeal comes during National Volunteers Week (1-7 June) which celebrates the incredible stories of volunteering in communities.
The AEM team talked to potential volunteers during the Bassetlaw Volunteer Day organised by the BCVS about the work carried out by Family Support Hubs.
The Hubs provide a regular meeting point for families and give them the chance to access activities for the whole family, as well as gain support and specialist information and advice about autism.
Volunteers can help by supporting the session co-ordinator; helping set up activities, welcome families, and chat to children and young people as they take part in a range of activities. Sessions tend to include activities such as arts and crafts, games, baking and food activities, sensory and soft play.
Hubs take place once a month in a variety of locations including Worksop, Retford, Newark, East Leake, Chesterfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottingham, Heanor, Derby, Rotherham, Gainsborough, Leicester, Loughborough and Northampton.
Volunteers normally sign up for a minimum of six months and attend at least one Hub per month for up to an hour. The role offers the chance to gain valuable experience for individuals who want to work in social care as training is provided.
Lesley Lock, who coordinates all the Hubs, said: “We would love to hear from anyone interested in volunteering with us. It’s a great opportunity for people to make a difference whilst also meeting others and also gain experience too.”
“Our Hubs provide vital support for the many families who come to us. They offer a relaxing and accepting environment, where parents and carers can talk with others in similar situations and get advice and guidance too.”
- The role requires a DBS (criminal record) check. If you would like to know more about volunteer roles with our Family Support Hubs, please email Lesley.email@example.com or call the AEM head office on 01909 506 678.
We would love to hear from anyone interested in volunteering with us. It’s a great opportunity for people to make a difference whilst also meeting others and also gain experience too. Sessions are held either after school during the week or during weekends, depending on the Hub. So, it is something that can be fitted around other commitments.
Lesley Lock, Family Support Hub Co-ordinator
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