It’s Volunteers’ Week – could you get involved?

It’s Volunteers’ Week (3rd-9th June), the perfect time for us to recognise all the amazing people who give up their precious time to help us support bereaved children and their families.

Our volunteers are a hugely important part of our team; we simply couldn’t provide our vital services without them. A mixture of ages and backgrounds, each of our volunteers works in different roles, donating varying amounts of time and every second is appreciated.

Volunteering is not only a great way to support a charity, but it can also help you to learn new skills, meet new people and give something back to your community.

If you’ve thought about giving your time to a charity, why not check out our roles below? There’s something for everyone.

Child Bereavement Support Volunteer
This role is suited to people who are kind and friendly, and effective, calm communicators, have experience of working with children, can work well under pressure and are able to commit to a minimum of three events a year. Working alongside children and young people at our Bereavement Support weekends, you will:

  • Support a child/young person, on a 1-to-1 basis
  • Establish trust and a healthy bond with the child
  • Encourage children to express their grief and emotions through effective communication and fun activities
  • Keep detailed documentation on the child’s progress, and report any concerns to the team

Fundraising Volunteer
We need fun, creative, determined individuals who are knowledgeable about the services we provide to help fundraise. This role includes:

  • Helping at our events
  • Running your own event
  • Raising essential funds to help us maintain and expand our work
  • Raising awareness of HOLG
  • Being a ‘face’ of our charity, representing us in the best possible light

Parent/carer Support Volunteer
Our parent/carer support groups run parallel to the children’s sessions and aims to support the adults of the bereaved child, who are often grieving themselves.  We need empathetic, intuitive individuals who are confident, good listeners and able to remain calm when dealing with difficult emotions. The role includes:

  • Working alongside our parent/carer facilitator to ensure the smooth running of the group
  • Engaging with parents/carers to identify the support they need
  • Set up the venue, assist with activities and facilitate an open atmosphere

Volunteer Driver
Our families aren’t always able to get to our bereavement weekends themselves so we need drivers who can help transport them from home to the venue and back. We will need you to:

  • Be a safe, careful driver
  • Have a well-maintained vehicle, covered by ‘Business Use’ insurance
  • Be available between 8-9am and 4-5pm on a Saturday or Sunday
  • Be friendly and reliable

Catering Volunteers
Our catering volunteers make sure both children and HOLG staff at our volunteer bereavement weekends are fed and watered!

Our catering volunteers will gain training to be aware of standards of food hygiene and cleanliness, good time keeping skills and organisation, and to be mindful of allergies. This role includes:

  • Preparing, cooking and serving food at our Bereavement Support Weekends
  • Cleaning the kitchen
  • Monitoring stock
  • Working alongside another catering volunteer between 10am-4pm on Saturday and/or Sunday

We have various locations throughout the year for this service – let us know which is best for you.

What do volunteers get in return?
It’s important to HOLG that our wonderful volunteers feel cared for and appreciated. Here is just some of what you can expect in return for donating your time:

  • Full, bespoke training
  • Additional opportunities for specialised training
  • Travel expenses/mileage reimbursed
  • Lunch and refreshments at weekend events
  • Funded DBS check
  • Branded uniform
  • Social events

What next?

Ask us a question:
If you’re interested in any of these roles, or would like to chat more, we would love to hear from you.
Simply fill out the form on our website and we’ll be in touch https://holg.org.uk/volunteering/

Or if you’d prefer a chat, here’s our number: 03445 611 511

Read stories here from our current volunteers to find out why they volunteer, what they do for us and what they think!
Volunteer Stories

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