Volunteer Role: Bookbug support
Responsible to: Bookbug lead coordinator
Location: Broomhouse Hub, 79-89 Broomhouse Crescent, Edinburgh, EH11 3RH
Hours: Tuesday mornings 9am – 11am
Commitment: Ongoing weekly
Space provides weekly bookbug sessions for parents/carers with babies and children age 0-5yrs. Our sessions aim to provide a safe space for parents/carers along with their babies and children, supporting them to learn new skills and provide a social experience. We believe bookbug is a great first step to connecting and building trusting relationships with parents/carers, that directly supports a baby or child. Bookbug sessions support mums, dads and a range of carers by singing songs, rhymes and stories. We identify the following areas to be direct benefit and outcomes for babies/children and their parents:
– Improved language and communication skills.
– Increased confidence to provide a nurturing and learning home environment.
– Improved emotional wellbeing of their baby/child
– Increased social and peer support
- Set up the room with resources and equipment as directed by lead coordinator.
- Record attendees and take food orders as people arrive.
- Clear away equipment at the end of the session.
- Build a relationship with a parents/carers and babies and children.
- Take part in the sessions and encourage others to do so.
- Offer praise and recognition to help increase self-esteem and confidence
- Support the lead coordinator to create opportunities for participants to experience new activities in the sessions.
- Observe participant’s involvement in the sessions and feedback to lead coordinator.
- Must be 18 years or older.
- No qualifications are necessary, as full volunteer training will be provided.
- Enjoy singing and be confident to take part in sessions.
- Experience of spending time with parents, carers and/or babies, children is desirable.
- Some knowledge of the current issues affecting children and young people and their families.
- Be able to comfortable communicate with children, young people and families.
- An ability to recognise positive qualities and skills that a child or young person may have.
- Positive and realistic commitment to volunteering
- Adaptable to new and demanding situations
- Involve others in decision-making
- Sensitivity to the needs of others
- Self-assured and have a positive outlook
- Responsible and accountable
- Desire to learn and help others to learn
Our Commitment to you:
- Introduction and Training
- Introduction to the work of Space and the work of The Broomhouse Hub.
- Introduction to the work, policies and procedures of The Broomhouse Hub, its staff and your volunteer role.
- Training opportunities are available throughout your time with Space.
- Support & Supervision
- Support and Supervision will take place at least once every 3 months with a designated worker.
- Public liability Insurance cover is provided for you whilst working as a volunteer within Space
- Commitment to endeavour to resolve in a fair and just manner any problems, grievances or difficulties that may be encountered while you volunteer with us.
- All work undertaken by volunteers is covered by The Broomhouse Hub Volunteer Policy. Volunteering work will be underpinned in each organisational Policies/Procedures.
- Criminal Record Checks
- All volunteer roles are subject to an Enhanced Protecting Vulnerable Groups Check.