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Volunteers act as a resource to families providing the means to discover and connect with social supports in their community, to make positive change
Parent and Child Support Volunteers support families experiencing multiple stressors and isolation affecting their parenting skills which places them at risk to neglect or abuse their children. They will act as a resource to families providing them the means to discover and connect with social supports in their community and to make positive changes in their lives. Volunteers work with the families in their homes and interact with children (newborn-6years of age) in such a way as to enhance children’s capacity for successful development i.e. stimulating gross/fine motor and enrich language skills.
Area Served: High Priority neighbourhoods in Scarborough
•Visit weekly on the same day for three hours
•Engage in meaningful conversation with parents
•Provide information and referrals to community resources
•Accompany mom and child(ren) to local community resources
• Educate and inform parents on upcoming community events and activities
• Teach and mentor mom on infant/child stimulation
• Introduce new learning activities to the children
• Provide information about parenting, child development and safety
• Provide supervision of children in mom’s absence
•Complete and submit a monthly progress report
Minimum 12 weeks commitment required. Volunteers will visit families’ once a week for a three hour visit. Opportunities will be available to help more than one family during this time frame. Days and times are negotiable between volunteer and families.
Age Requirement: Must be 18+
•Friendly and caring attitude
•Related childcare experience an asset
•Experience and sensitive to working with culturally diverse families
•Creativity in planning and implementing activities
•Knowledge of community resources an asset
•Good listening skills
•Previous volunteer experience an asset
•Second Language an asset
•Orientation to the agency and volunteer program
•Training on various aspects of childcare and development
•Monthly Volunteer Support Meetings where we invite speakers from various community agencies to present on topics that are relevant to your role as a Parent Child Support Volunteer.
•Ongoing education/development opportunities provided
Screening And Supervision:
•2 reference checks
•Criminal Reference check including Vulnerable Sector
•Reports to Volunteer Coordinator on a regular basis
•Formal 3 month and annual evaluation will be held
•Volunteer Coordinator will be available for feedback and support
Visits occur in the homes of families with at least one child under the age of 6 living in the Priority neighbourhoods in Scarborough.
•Enhance personal growth
•Increase communication skills
•Decrease the feeling of isolation felt by the parents being served
•Facilitate learning targeted to needs of children