Rainbow Trust

​Our Essex Care Team are looking for volunteers to join their team, focusing on family support for families with a baby in neonatal care.

This is a unique opportunity to work alongside our Neonatal Support Worker, helping families in the hospital, at home and in the community.

Main Duties and Activities:

  • This role could involve giving direct support to families in hospital, providing emotional support and respite for parents and carers.
  • Families often require help with siblings, either in hospital, the home or the local community. This could include school drop offs or pick ups, or help with accessing extra-curricular activities
  • Many families have to make daily trips to hospital and may not have transport, or the money to fund public transport - volunteers may assist with travel arrangements.
  • There are plans to provide a regular drop-in group at some hospitals for parents and siblings, which would benefit greatly from volunteer support.

Experience and Skills Required:

  • Ability to build relationships based on excellent communication and active listening skills
  • Experience of interacting with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Experience of interacting with children
  • Flexible and adaptable manner
  • Ability to empathise with families in stressful circumstances
  • Commitment to setting and maintaining appropriate professional and personal boundaries in line with Rainbow Trust policies
  • Non-judgmental approach
  • Due to the nature of the role, you will need to hold a full driving licence and have access to your own vehicle.

This role requires a regular commitment and we would ask for at least 1 day a week, between 9am and 5pm Monday - Friday.

For more information or to apply, please email volunteering@rainbowtrust.org.uk or call 01372 220043