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“Very well put together, very professional, clear understanding of everything I needed to know. Kept informed throughout the whole process. Friendly organisation, great first impression.”

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and are representative of the diversity of the projects we deliver. Each volunteer has their own reasons for choosing to work with CANW whether it’s to gain experience and skills to further personal development or to ‘give something back’ – at CANW, we have opportunities for everyone! CANW has a dedicated team of people who all share a passion for the organisation and the communities it serves. You will find people here are extremely focused, have high expectations and deliver a quality service. As a volunteer for CANW you will be encouraged to share this passion for the organisation and as a result you will share and celebrate in our successes. We are always in need of volunteers to help us carry out the work we do. If you have a few hours spare each week, or would even just like to help us occasionally to fund-raise or support our events then we would love to hear from you.

If you would like more information contact 01254 244700 or email volunteer@canw.org.uk 

WORDS FROM OUR VOLUNTEERS…

“Child Action Northwest has given me the opportunity to volunteer with them throughout the company, I have had the chance to work with the Mentoring & Befriending service, Familywise, Targeted Youth Service and with the Reparation team. This has built up my confidence with young people and given me the knowledge and the experience that I wanted. The support with volunteering is always consistent, any issues or concerns I may have are dealt within the same day, I believe the support and advice I have received from my mentor has encouraged me to work within all areas of the company & also impacted through my work with the young people.”

“ I have been volunteering for a few years now , I started doing reparation then started doing mentoring .I really enjoy mentoring and helping out in group activities . Through volunteering I have undertaken lots of different training ,gained lots of experience and qualifications” .

 

 

“As I went through the training and met various people at Child Action Northwest I realised that I would be able to put quite a lot into it and get just as much back.  I’m learning a lot of new things, making new friends and I get the feel good factor after a session with a young person and they say that they had a good time.  I hated my job as a bus driver but I carried on doing it as the pay was good. Volunteering has made me realise that there is much more than just getting a good wage, enjoying what you do and being happy in your work is much more important.” 

Current Volunteering Opportunities

If interested in volunteering opportunities please complete the form to volunteering@canw.org.uk:

Young Persons Mentor / Befriender - MBF01

Are you looking for a new career? Volunteering is a great way to kick start a new career.

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE: Child Action Northwest is developing a brand new, exciting project offering a mentoring and befriending service to young people in Blackburn with Darwen. Enthusiastic volunteer mentors are required to offer 2 hours a week building positive relationships with ‘Looked After Children’ and ‘Children In Need’ with an aim of enhancing their social skills, self-esteem and confidence. Volunteers will be appropriately matched and will have the opportunity to introduce the young person/people to new local social activities and networks whilst being encouraging and offering support.

REQUIREMENTS: • You must be aged 18 or over to apply for this role • Enthusiastic and non-judgmental • Good communication skills and the ability to build a positive relationship with a young person • Experience and/or  awareness of safeguarding young people • A willingness to attend relevant training and develop mentoring skills • Reliable and flexible to meet the needs of a young person • To commit for a minimum of 6 months from the date training has been completed • A valid driving license and access to own transport • An awareness of local social facilities and support services • An awareness of the issues faced by ‘Looked After Children’ and ‘Children In Need’  would be advantageous

DAYS: To be agreed with the young person on a mutually convenient basis

HOURS: The minimum will be 2 hours per week per young person

WHERE: This volunteering will take place specifically within Blackburn with Darwen

WHEN: Volunteer Mentors are required now and then the opportunity will be on-going

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be provided • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and references will be sought for this role • Agreed out of pocket expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN: This is a fantastic opportunity to build a positive relationship with a local young person. You will develop your skills, experience and confidence around mentoring and befriending and will be particularly of interest to anybody wishing to pursue a career in Youth work or Health and Social Care. If you are interested in this voluntary role or would like any more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Child Action Northwest, 01254 244700, volunteer@canw.org.uk

Trustee

About the opportunity Child Action Northwest (CANW) is a registered children s charity which was founded in 1891 as Blackburn Orphanage. Today it is one of the leading voluntary sector providers of services for children, young people, families and communities across the Northwest of England with an annual turnover of just under 4.5 million. The charity has offices across the region serving Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. The charity delivers a range of innovative and responsive services including: • Foster Care and Supported Lodgings • Family Support • Youth Justice Services • Youth and Community Services CANW is looking to recruit new members to the Board of Trustees who can help the charity achieve its vision of inspiring lives and changing futures . You will have responsibility to help determine the strategy of the charity and ensure that it is effectively managed and continues to develop within its charitable aims. New Trustees with skills and or experience in any of the following areas would be especially welcomed: • Building maintenance, architecture or surveying • Business and/or professional management • Community involvement and development • Finance • Health and Social Care CANW is particularly keen to achieve a more diverse Board of Trustees and it would welcome applications from all sections of the community. The main monthly meeting of the Trustee board takes place in the evening on the 2nd Monday of the month at our main office in Wilpshire. This is a voluntary position but out of pocket expenses are available. For an informal discussion please contact Sue Cotton, Chief Executive Officer, at our main office Child Action Northwest, Whalley Road, Wilpshire, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 9LL About Child Action Northwest Child Action Northwest is committed to the delivery and development of high quality innovative services that meet the needs of the children, young people, families and communities we serve. This requires the commitment of all our staff, carers and volunteers understanding and sharing the following values that inform our mission statement and vision for the future.

Familywise Support Volunteer

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE: We are seeking a volunteer to start as soon as possible to provide support to our Familywise team. Familywise supports children, young people and families working primarily with schools and other organisations to offer holistic support and early interventions through a ‘total family’ approach.  You will be supporting the team to deliver 12 week intervention programmes – this includes one to one support and group work.

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • You must be aged 18 or over to apply for this role
  • Enthusiastic and non-judgemental
  • Good communication skills and the ability to build positive relationships with young people
  • Be aware of the safeguarding policy and procedure for children and vulnerable adults and ensure that the safeguarding of children, young people and adults is given the highest priority in the work undertaken.
  • Reliable and flexible to meet the needs of the service
  • T. skills using Microsoft Word/Excel – will be using online record keeping systems
  • Ability to work in a team and on own initiative
  • To commit for a minimum of 6 months from the date training has been completed
  • An awareness of local social facilities and support services would be advantageous

DAYS / HOURS: At least 3 hours per week on a mutually convenient day. You will be able to volunteer more than this if desired. WHERE & WHEN: This volunteering will take place the community – we are looking for support in the following areas:  Blackburn with Darwen, Preston, Chorley, Leyland and South Ribble. To start as soon as possible and then on-going.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be provided
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checked against the Child’s Barred List and references will be sought for this role
  • Agreed out of pocket expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN: This is a fantastic opportunity to develop experience and skills supporting children, young people and families. The role will give you the chance to meet new people, increase confidence and experience and learn more about our organisation. You will gain knowledge of family support and if desired will have the opportunity to experience different areas of our service. This is a very friendly and sociable working environment and you will be welcome to attend team meetings, training and development days as appropriate.

MEAM Support Volunteer

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE: We are seeking a volunteer to start as soon as possible to provide support to our MEAM (Making Every Adult Matter) team. MEAM works with some of the most vulnerable people in the community who have often experienced traumatic and chaotic lifestyles.  They take individuals’ wider issues such as drugs and alcohol and provide bespoke packages to meet their needs. This may include helping them to manage stress and anxieties and keeping appointments to ensure each individual receives the right support to help them find a place of their own with the prospect of a happy, healthy and positive future.

Requirements

  • You must be aged 18 or over to apply for this role
  • Experience of assisting chaotic and vulnerable adults
  • Minimum of 3 months face to face volunteering experience
  • Good knowledge of confidentiality and safeguarding
  • Good communication skills and engagement skills
  • Ability to work as a part of a team
  • Good understanding of client focused approach and the MEAMs project aims
  • Appropriate training – Safeguarding and Health & Safety
  • A valid driving licence and access to own transport

DAYS / HOURS: At least 3 hours per week on a mutually convenient day. You will be able to volunteer more than this if desired.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be provided
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service against the Vulnerable Adults Barred list and references will be sought for this role
  • Agreed out of pocket expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed

For more information on the role please Click here

Volunteer Archiving Assistant

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE: CANW’s Head Office in Wilpshire was formally Blackburn Orphanage, which opened in 1891. We have many documents within the organisation that require archiving. We are seeking volunteers to assist us in the process of sorting, cataloguing and scanning important documents. Main duties will also include:

  • Working to a cataloguing and indexing system
  • To input data into database systems
  • To assist with the care and preservation of archive collections and maintaining good order in the designated storage area
  • To support the development and maintenance of digital resources, including handling, scanning and digital manipulation

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience of carrying out administration duties in relation to the secure filing and retrieving of records and documents
  • Experience of dealing with confidential information
  • Experience of working with databases, spread sheets and word processing programmes
  • Experience of working within the archive environment
  • The secure handling of documents to meet data protection requirements
  • Understanding of the need for confidentiality in respect of sensitive information.
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to use own initiative

HOURS:Number of hours flexible depending on your availability but they will need to be during office hours. Days of work are also flexible but preferably Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.

For more information on the role please click here

Criminal Justice Team Volunteer

CANW’s Criminal Justice Team has a proud history of providing support for young people involved in the youth justice system. We are looking for volunteers who can work in partnership with staff to be a positive role model and offer practical support helping to provide alternatives to being in Custody and support the young person to access relevant services, positive activities and tackle issues within their lives. We have 3 main services that volunteers can get involved in: EYJS (extended youth justice service) which operates on Saturday and Sunday mornings providing mostly home visits to young people on court orders who are high risk of reoffending, on bail or on licence from custody. Sessional staff carry out offence focussed work and assist with accessing positive activities, volunteers support the sessional staff to deliver the service. Statutory Reparation in Blackburn and Darwen, which operates most week days into early evening and alternate Saturday mornings. This service is for young people who have received a court order and part of that order is to complete some hours of reparation (community work – painting, allotment work, gardening etc.) Triage Reparation which operates most afternoons on weekdays and Saturday mornings. This service is for young people who have been arrested but have been diverted away from court as the offence is low level. These young people are given a second chance by completing a “Triage” session, which is a one off session that can include understanding consequences work, community work and sign posting to other agencies when further needs are identified. The young person will not receive a criminal record after completing this session.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Valid driving license and access to own transport
  • You must be over the age of 18 (21 for EYJS)
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Reliable and flexible in order to meet the needs of young people
  • Access to computer and ability to use Word.
  • To commit for a minimum of 6 months from the date training has been completed

DAYS/HOURS: Various hours to suit your availability, 7 days a week. To be able commit to a minimum of 2-3 sessions per month.

For more information on the role please click here

Fundraising, Events and Communications Volunteer

Description of role

CANW is a modern, not for profit Charitable organisation and it is really important that we get positive messages out to the wider community about the work we do in order to raise the profile of CANW and to generate fundraising support.

We are seeking volunteers to:

  • Assist with event planning and the running of events
  • Support events by advocating on behalf of the charity
  • Building positive relationships within the local community: i.e. local businesses, schools and members of the public
  • To encourage businesses and organisations to adopt us as their chosen charity
  • Assist with general office administration duties: i.e. thank you letters, money collections, introduction emails / telephone calls

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Enthusiastic with an interest in fundraising and events
  • Good communication skills and the ability to build positive relationships
  • Good written skills with basic IT knowledge including using the internet
  • The ability to be proactive and use own initiative

DAYS& HOURS: Number of hours are flexible based on your availability and can be explored further during discussions. The role is predominantly during office hours 9-5 however some flexibility is required for out of hours’ events.

For more information on the role please click here.

Family Support Volunteer

ROLE TITLE:  Family Support Volunteer – Salford Innovation Forum –

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE: Pro – Contact @ CANW provides targeted specialist support services to promote safe and positive relationships between children and parents usually after parental separation. We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to complete pre-visit interviews with parents and support our contact sessions for children and their parents. This will include preparing the premises, welcoming families along with engaging with children and young people and supporting parents to positively engage and play with their children.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be aged 18 or over to apply for this role
  • Enthusiastic and non-judgmental
  • Good communication skills and the ability to build positive relationships with children / young people and parents
  • Interest in the issues of separated parents and the effects on children
  • Experience and/or awareness of safeguarding children / young people and confidentiality
  • Ability to remain calm during difficult situations
  • Ability to work in a team and on own initiative
  • A willingness to attend relevant training and develop skills
  • To commit for a minimum of 6 months from the date training has been completed

DAYS / HOURS: At least one session every 3 weeks. You will be able to volunteer more than this if desired.

Saturdays  – 08:30 – 11:30 and 13:30 – 16:30 alternate weeks

WHERE: This role will be based at Salford Innovation Forum, Salford

WHEN: To start as soon as possible and then on-going

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be provided
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and references will be sought for this role
  • Agreed out of pocket expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your experience and skills working directly with children, young people and parents. The role will give you the chance to meet new people, increase confidence and learn more about our organisation.

This is a very friendly and sociable working environment and you will be welcome to attend team meetings, training and group supervision as appropriate. The role will be particularly of interest to anybody wishing to pursue a career in Children & Families or Social Care.

If you are interested in this voluntary role or would like any more information, please contact please contact CANW, 01254 244700, volunteer@canw.org.uk

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