Do you enjoy spending time with children with special needs? Can you spare a few hours?

What's involved?

A volunteer befriender enables individuals with a caring responsibility for a child with additional needs to take some time away from their caring role. Depending on the time of the visit, and the age of the child it may be more of a babysitting role or a befriending role. You will not be expected to do any personal care or to give any medications. The majority of the children will have autism and/or ADHD although there is no criteria for who we can and cannot support, each case is looked at on an individual level.

About you

This role would be ideal for someone who enjoys meeting new people and would like to befriend a child or young person. Whether you want to develop new skills and increase experience or you have had a career in childcare but now find you have enough time to support a charity, any experience of working with children with special needs would be invaluable. Training will be provided along with on-going support.

You must be over the age of 18 and be available for at least a few hours every fortnight between the hours of 9am and 8pm Monday to Friday

What next?

If you are interested in volunteering please download the application form below and email it to [email protected] or post to Northamptonshire Carers, 123 Midland Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1LU.

Once we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an informal interview. If you are successful we will request a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, which we will pay for and we will arrange the necessary training.

Travel expenses will be paid for any visits you make.

To find out more contact Emma Begley, Kaysha Marlow or Adam Wilson on 01933 677907 or email [email protected] 

Click here for a volunteer role description & application form

This service was paused due to coronavirus but we are looking to launch it in 2022.