Family Wellbeing Volunteer (Midlothian) – Children 1st


Family Wellbeing Volunteer (Midlothian) – Children 1st

Would you like to help to support children, young people and families in Midlothian? Are you able to offer a few hours of your time each week? If so, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

At Children 1st our ambition is for every child in Scotland to be safe, loved and well with their family. As a charity we offer emotional, practical, and financial support to help families to put children first and campaign to uphold the rights of every child.


The Children 1st Midlothian Family Wellbeing Team aims to support families build stronger relationships with each other and get families connected back into their local community to improve physical, mental and emotional health through increasing confidence and resilience. We empower families to have increased networks of support and able to seek and accept support from others. Our aim is to help children and families recover and move on from trauma and/or adversity that they have faced. Volunteering with the Midlothian team will complement the support families receive from the wider team to help reduce isolation, build stability in their recovery and promote a sense of belonging with their wider community.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people with their own lived experience of addiction and recovery orientated supports, whether that is as the person in addiction or experience of a loved one’s addiction.  However, we do also welcome enquiries from applicants without this experience whose values reflect those of Children 1st.

What will I be doing?

Our volunteers build relationships with families in different ways including:

  • Family Wellbeing – this can include activities such as helping to establish and support family play and spending time with the family in the local community accessing activities and resources.
  • Befriending – developing a 1 to 1 supportive, reliable, social relationship with a child, young person or adult by arranging weekly opportunities to experience new activities and develop interests.
  • Parent Mentoring – helping to increase a parent or carer’s confidence and self-esteem.
  • Group Work – supporting the work of Children1st staff within group sessions with parents as well as whole family activities.

We explore what will be the best fit for you and the service at interview and during training and induction.

What do I need to know?

We provide a comprehensive introductory training course that will equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need. We are planning to run our next training in May/June 2023 (exact dates TBC) and this may involve a combination of in-person and online sessions.

We also provide all of our volunteers with ongoing support and are able to reimburse out of pocket expenses.

We ask volunteers to commit to giving a few hours a week for at least a year.

Please see our website for more details and our application pack – Family Wellbeing Volunteer – Midlothian | Children 1st

Closing date for applications: 19.05.23

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