About Lifelong Family Links
Lifelong Family Links is a member led voluntary organisation and was establish in 1982 by a group of parents and professionals to offer support and friendship to children and young people with disabilities/special needs, in a multicultural community.
Lifelong Family Links is mainly funded by the London Borough of Lambeth and other funding trust and foundations.
To find out more about our organisation and our volunteering opportunities please read through the information and complete the form on the back page of this booklet stating your preferred area of volunteering, and return it to Lifelong Family Links alternatively you can also visit our website at: www.lfl.org.uk.
Lifelong Family Links are heavily dependent on volunteers to assist in the effective running of the organisation; if you have a few hours to spare we can use and match your time and talents, whether you work for a big cooperation or manage your home your skills can be turned into volunteering opportunities.
As a voluntary organisation we are govern by a Management Committee consisting of: parents, interested professionals and lay members of our community who volunteer their time and skills in supporting our cause.
The specific areas in which one can volunteer on the Management Committee include those of: Chair, Treasurer, secretary and committee members. Meetings are 12 times per year, but Committee members are also invited to attend other related events during the course of their
Volunteer play workers:
To assist along side play workers in the running of our monthly Saturday clubs (which incorporates children between the ages of 5-25) and other related social and leisure events in which you will help to implement planned activities with more emphasis on fun (Enjoy and Achieve) than on the educational aspects.
As a volunteer play/youth worker, you also have the opportunity to volunteer at our After School Club which runs Monday-Fridays; 1530-1815 (3:30-6:15pm) or other short term projects which happens from time to time.
Our children and young people have disabilities and some challenging behaviours.
Volunteer youth workers:
Similar to the above but you will be volunteer with teenagers age range 12-25 in this volunteering opportunity you will often accompany the teenagers on outings which are planned to help promote their self esteem (making choices) and other self help skills, including going to shopping centres, libraries and leisure events.
We are face with many administrative duties which involved filing, use of the ICT equipment making up folders of Profiles for the young people, stock taking and many more. So if you skills lie in this area we would like to hear from you.
Many of our income has to been funded through applying for Finance to support our projects. If you have skills or experience in this area and feel you can share the expertise with us, we will be very grateful to hear from you.
If you have a few hours to spare, then this would be a great opportunity to offer a chance to a young person to make new friends and have fun outside their family home, with a hope of building trustful relationship, this will be on a 1-1 basis allowing them to access leisure activities e.g., cycling, bowling cinema or other interest as required by their parent(s)/ carer(s).
The Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering is an activity which profits an organisation but is given:
Skills & Qualifications
To become a volunteer for Lifelong Family Links, you are required to fulfil the following criteria:
Lifelong Family Links are part of the London Borough of Lambeth “Safer Recruitment Working practices and our organisation “code of practice” ensures we do not compromise the safety of our volunteers or the children/young people in our care.
The application process
As Lifelong Family Links volunteers will be working closely with vulnerable children, we have a thorough application process.
The application process involves:
Once these have been completed, we will arrange a panel meeting with local professionals and Social Services to approve the application.
As soon as the application is approved by the panel, you will be able to start helping out at clubs.
The total duration of the application process will depend on how quickly we get the various references and checks back, but typically can take about a couple of months.
What we will expect from you
As a volunteer, we will expect you to:
To get more information on Volunteering for Lifelong Family Links, please fill in the follow information below and send it into us.
We are a not-for-profit organisation that provides services to young people with disabilities, support to families and adults that need special companion.
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