Volunteering - Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service


Volunteers play a vital role in the Child and Family Wellbeing Service. They perform essential, supportive tasks complementary to those undertaken by our paid staff. Their role is an enriching one, which benefits everybody: service users; staff; and the volunteers themselves. We simply couldn’t reach as many children, young people and their families without volunteers.

Volunteer roles in Mid Essex

Session activities

Assist in busy sessions focusing on play/ child development, music and movement, or messy play/crafts

Newborn support

Support new parents through the early stages, at groups for those with young babies

Child and Family Health drop-ins

Register new families and provide information on the services available to them

Admin and reception desk support

Assist admin staff with creating flyers and newsletters and helping out with reception tasks

Meet and greet

Welcome families, provide information and guide them to their activities. Sometimes all a person needs is a friendly face to welcome them and help them feel included

Weekend support

Assist in, or help to set up busy play sessions for children and families

Other roles

These may include gardening or event/ fun day support. We are keen to hear from any potential volunteers who have a skill that they think could benefit the children and families we support


Volunteering also has many benefits for those taking part:

  • Gaining valuable life experiences and skills
  • Building confidence and self-esteem
  • Gaining new skills and/qualifications through training
  • Experiences that support a return to paid employment
  • Satisfaction in helping others
  • Meeting new people
  • Having fun

Barnardo’s offers all volunteers full training, support, new skills, personal development, a friendly environment, reimbursement of travel expenses, and a pathway to career opportunities.

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