Circle welcomes volunteers to enhance the services we provide to children and their families. Volunteers support the work of staff and add value to the overall experience. Volunteering can take many forms, working alongside family support workers providing additional support to families in their own homes or within our centres, or supporting our admin team to undertake the many and varied admin tasks.

Circle has clear principles for volunteers' involvement and recognises the respective roles, rights and responsibilities of volunteers and paid staff (in relation to volunteers). We ensure the on-going quality of both the volunteering opportunities on offer and the work carried out by volunteers. We also ensure that volunteers are properly integrated into the organisational structure and that mechanisms are in place for them to contribute fully to Circle’s work. Circle expects that staff at all levels will work positively with volunteers and, where appropriate, actively seek to involve them in their work. Circle recognises that volunteers require satisfying work and opportunities for personal development and will seek to help volunteers meet these needs as well as providing induction and training for them to do their work effectively.

We have no volunteering opportunities at present.

 

Volunteers under 18

Circle runs several projects known as ISSEP (Inter School Social Educational Projects) where 5th and 6th year secondary school students mentor vulnerable primary school children. This work takes place in term time after school within Circle centres. The students mentor individual children and focus on one to one activities to boost the children’s self-esteem and confidence. Each mentor will volunteer one day a week on the scheme. The mentor is never left unsupervised with the child. A member of the Circle staff team is also supervising the sessions.

The mentors are identified by their secondary schools. They will fill in an application form and a written reference will be received from the school. They will receive regular support and feedback from the Circle worker running the scheme that they are involved in.