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Supporting families
in Northamptonshire

We provide free, accessible and non-judgemental support, to those affected by another's substance misuse throughout Northamptonshire.

Volunteer Opportunities

Adult group facilitator

Position Summary:

As a Support Group Facilitator volunteer, you will work alongside our support workers to create a safe and inclusive environment where individuals impacted by another person's drug and/or alcohol use can share their thoughts, experiences, and emotions. Together, we aim to provide social and educational support that helps group members cope and manage more effectively. This role can be conducted either in-person or virtually.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with our support workers to facilitate support groups for individuals affected by drug and/or alcohol use, offering both social and educational support.
  • Assist in ensuring a positive and supportive experience for all group attendees.
  • Proactively provide information and make appropriate referrals to connect individuals with additional Family Support Link services and volunteer opportunities.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent listening and communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to be empathetic and separate personal needs from the needs of the group.
  • Ability to redirect and facilitate group discussions effectively.
  • Create and maintain a safe environment where participants' thoughts and feelings are valued, and where fairness, equity, and respect are practiced.
  • Strong passion for Family Support Link's mission.
  • Proficiency in using virtual group platforms (for virtual groups only).

Supporting you:

  • Comprehensive induction into the role and thorough guidance on Family Support Link's operations.
  • Ongoing support and assistance from the Operational Manager throughout your volunteer journey.
  • Reimbursement for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred while carrying out volunteer duties.
  • Access to a wide range of training opportunities and events to enhance your skills and knowledge.

Time Commitment:

Our support groups run weekly, and we are seeking support group facilitators who can commit a minimum of 2-3 hours per week.

We greatly appreciate the value that volunteers bring to our charity, and if you are interested in dedicating more of your time, we are always open to discussing additional volunteer opportunities with you.

Children and young person volunteer

Position Summary:

As a Children and Young Person (CYP) Volunteer, you will work closely with our support workers to assist in delivering groups and events for children and young people. These primarily take place in the evening, and in the school holidays, providing a safe and supportive environment for CYP to connect and receive assistance.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with support workers to assist in the delivery of CYP groups.
  • Attend CYP events alongside members of the Family Support Link team.
  • Support the provision of CYP support in coordination with support workers and the lead whole family's worker.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Prior experience in a supportive role, particularly working with children and young people.
  • Strong organisational skills to help with group logistics and activities.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills to interact with CYP and the support team.

Supporting you:

  • Thorough induction into Family Support Link and comprehensive guidance on your role.
  • Ongoing support and assistance from the management team throughout your volunteer experience.
  • Reimbursement for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred while fulfilling volunteer duties.
  • Access to a wide range of training opportunities and events to enhance your skills and knowledge.

Time Commitment:

Event frequency varies, and we do not have a regular schedule for them. Events can range from a few hours to a full day. We value your availability and flexibility, and we will provide you with sufficient notice and event details to ensure your participation. We can discuss and agree on the number of hours needed for event preparation.

We greatly appreciate the value that volunteers bring to our charity, and if you are interested in dedicating more of your time, we are always open to discussing additional volunteer opportunities with you.

Volunteer fundraiser

Position Summary:

We are seeking a passionate individual to join our team as a Volunteer Fundraiser for Family Support Link. In this role, you will play a crucial part in generating funds by initiating and supporting local fundraising activities. Your efforts will directly contribute to our organization's ability to provide vital support to families in need.

Responsibilities:

  • Help organise a diverse range of fundraising events on behalf of Family Support Link.
  • Engage with local organizations and companies to encourage them to fundraise for our cause.
  • Maintain regular communication with the Families and community's Manager to coordinate efforts effectively.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Previous experience in fundraising or event organisation is advantageous but not essential.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to effectively convey our mission and engage potential donors.
  • Ability to identify and seize potential funding opportunities.

Supporting you:

  • Comprehensive induction into Family Support Link and thorough guidance on your role as a Volunteer Fundraiser.
  • Ongoing support and assistance from the Families and community's manager throughout your volunteer journey.
  • Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred while carrying out fundraising activities.
  • Access to a wide range of training opportunities and events to enhance your skills and knowledge.

Time Commitment:

The time commitment for this role is flexible and can be tailored according to your availability. However, having a willingness to attend occasional meetings would be beneficial to ensure effective collaboration and planning.

We greatly appreciate the value that volunteers bring to our charity, and if you are interested in dedicating more of your time, we are always open to discussing additional volunteer opportunities with you.

Volunteer for office support

Position Summary:

We are seeking a dedicated individual to serve as an Office Support Volunteer at our Wellingborough office. In this role, you will work closely with the Operational Manager to assist with various general office tasks. The commitment required is a minimum of 5 hours per week, to be scheduled during office hours from Monday to Friday.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform basic office administrative duties, including tasks such as shredding, filing, photocopying, and managing the post.
  • Handle incoming calls and inquiries on our general enquiries line.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Strong organisational skills to effectively manage office tasks.
  • Basic administrative experience is beneficial.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to interact with colleagues and external parties.

Supporting you:

  • Comprehensive induction into the role and guidance on Family Support Link's operations.
  • Ongoing support and assistance from the Operational Manager.
  • Reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred while carrying out volunteer duties.
  • Access to a wide range of training opportunities and events.

Time Commitment:

The volunteer role requires a minimum commitment of 5 hours per week, which can be completed in a single day or spread over 2-3 days according to your availability and preference.

We greatly appreciate the value that volunteers bring to our charity, and if you are interested in dedicating more of your time, we are always open to discussing additional volunteer opportunities with you.

Volunteer event helpers

Position Summary:

As a Volunteer Event Helper, you will play a vital role in assisting Family Support Link at community and networking events. Your involvement will help raise awareness of our charity and provide opportunities to connect with new individuals. By attending events alongside a support worker, you will actively contribute to our mission of supporting families affected by drug and/or alcohol use.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Family Support Link to have a presence at various community events, attending alongside a support worker.
  • Assist in providing information and raising awareness about the impact of drug and/or alcohol use on families and loved ones.
  • Help organise literature and informational materials for the events.
  • Identify and suggest events where our presence would be beneficial.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Access to a vehicle and the ability to travel to event sites across Northamptonshire.
  • Strong organizational skills to assist in coordinating event logistics.
  • Excellent communication skills, capable of effectively engaging with a diverse range of people.
  • Passionate about Family Support Link's mission.

Supporting you:

  • Full induction into the role to ensure you are well-prepared.
  • Ongoing support and supervision from a manager to guide and assist you throughout your volunteer experience.
  • Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred while fulfilling volunteer duties.
  • Access to a variety of training opportunities and events to enhance your skills and knowledge.

Time Commitment:

Event frequency varies, and we do not have a regular schedule for them. Events can range from a few hours to a full day. We value your availability and flexibility, and we will provide you with sufficient notice and event details to ensure your participation. We can discuss and agree on the number of hours needed for event preparation.

We greatly appreciate the value that volunteers bring to our charity, and if you are interested in dedicating more of your time, we are always open to discussing additional volunteer opportunities with you.

Moving Parents and children together (MPACT) Group Volunteer

What is MPACT:

Each MPACT programme brings together a small number of families (Up to eight families), which usually includes at least one parent (or parenting figure) with a substance use problem, and at least one child aged between eight and 17 years. In many cases at least one other non-using adult will also participate in the programme.

The programme is comprised of 10 sessions. An individual family assessment is followed by eight consecutive weekly core sessions that last 2.5 hours, a family review session and a reunion held three months after the end of the programme for all families. From the assessment to the reunion, an MPACT programme will take approximately six months.

MPACT aims:

  • To support children and young people whose parents misuse (or have misused) drugs and/or alcohol, reducing the negative impact substance misuse has on children and young people and the family.
  • To raise parents' awareness about the impact that their misuse has on the whole family.
  • To offer the opportunity for change that is unlikely without external help.
  • To improve communication within the family.
  • To strengthen protective and resilience factors.
  • To provide education around substance misuse.
  • To increase the range of coping strategies and to raise self-esteem.
  • To identify additional needs of both parents, children and young people and guide them towards further help.

The role:

  • To assist FSL support workers in delivery of MPACT group support

Tasks:

  • To assist within a group setting

Skills or experience that would be helpful:

  • Experience of working within a group delivery
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel to MPACT venues as these will run across the county.

How will you be supported?

  • Thorough induction into Family Support Link and the role
  • Ongoing support from the Management team
  • Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses
  • Access to a range of training & events

Time Commitment:

MPACT groups usually run between 5pm and 7.30pm and would need a commitment to these times to assist in delivery of the group. We aim to run 4 MPACT group programmes per year.

More time can be volunteered if the need arises and in agreement with the volunteer, support worker and families and community's manager.

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