Time commitment:

Initial training for Parent Group Leaders is one day per week for ten week within school hours and school term. Childcare and lunch will be provided each day.

Following the training the delivery of the programme would be the following commitment:

Being a Parent – 2.5 – 3 hours per week for 8 weeks.

Being a Parent Autism – 3 – 3.5 hours per week for 10 weeks

These are delivered on a termly basis, within school hours and would not run within school holidays.

Purpose of the Role 

To be a valued member of a friendly 0-19 team making a difference to local children, young people and families and their communities. To provide caring, empathetic and holistic support to families receiving support from Family Action and the wider Stockton on Tees Partnership.


What’s in it for you? (Benefits of the role) 

  • An excellent opportunity to develop new and existing skills
  • The opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of settings
  • The chance to be at the heart of your local community, meet new people and be part of an enthusiastic team
  • Meet other volunteers and share experiences
  • The opportunity to work within the Family Hubs delivering Parenting Programme to parents and carers
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • A reference


Training and support you will receive  

As a volunteer with Family Action, you will get:

  • One day training over 10 weeks so you are fully confident delivering the programme
  • Optional 2 days training if you’d like to deliver the autism add-on programme
  • You will be allocated a supervisor within the Family Hub EPEC team who will be on hand and will be at the sessions every other week for support
  • Access to our standard e-learning package, giving you a great basic introduction to topics such as Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity.
  • Face-to-face training to ensure that you are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for this role.
  • Regular meetings with your supervisor to discuss any challenges you are facing, and celebrate your progress in the role.
  • Ongoing support from your supervisor and the wider team.


The Volunteer Recruitment Process:  

  • We ask you to complete an application form
  • We invite you to an informal meeting to explore your application and suitability for the role. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions to help you decide for yourself whether the role is right for you
  • If you decide to proceed with your enquiry, you will be asked to provide two references and undertake a DBS check
  • Once we receive satisfactory references and a DBS check you will be provided with e-learning login details and invited to undertake the Induction programme and a start date will be agreed.

You will be provided with ongoing support through regular supervision meetings, regular training opportunities and any other support as required

  • As part of the Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) programme you will be working alongside another volunteers in the co-delivery of either “Being a Parent” or “Being a Parent – Autism”.
  • The 10 week training, with an additional 2 weeks for the Autism information if desired, will cover both topics within the programmes and also look at how to deliver to parents within a group situation.
  • We would ask that you are a parent or carer. For those wishing to deliver the Autism programme we ask that one of the two Parent Group Leaders delivering have some lived experience of Autism.
  • You will be allocated a designated supervisor who will be on hand to support both during the session and outside this delivery time.
  • Providing a welcoming environment for parents to be able to engage in the programme, you will deliver the programme enabling all those attending to engage and take part in the sessions.
  • Recording of attendance of programme.
  • Feedback to supervisor of the group.

  • Friendly, empathic and non-judgmental attitude
  • Good time keeping and organisation skills
  • Effective communication skills, confident speaking to a diverse range of people and an active listener
  • Able to work in a confidential manner
  • A strong team player
  • Accurate record keeper
  • Enjoy helping people and their community
  • Able to commit to the full programme – however we appreciate there may be times when illness/holidays can impact on this.

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