Volunteer Nurture Mentor

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The Children’s Foundation is a North East children\'s charity, set up in 1990, with the vision of giving children and young people in the North East & North Cumbria the best health and wellbeing services in the UK. We are focused on making the health and well-being of children and young people in the North East and North Cumbria the best in the country.Last year The Children\'s Foundation directly helped, involved or affected the lives of 18,500 children across the North East. The Children’s Foundation supports and manages projects across a broad spectrum of activities, particularly those that deal with some of the more difficult areas of children’s and young people’s issues– such as disability, disadvantage and mental health. The Nurture Project aims to work alongside educational staff to enhance and enable new therapeutic opportunities for students, whilst also increasing support offered to the wider provision community by offering information, advice and guidance to students’ families and carers. Meeting this aim will provide a holistic model that enhances students supported educational provision and embraces and empowers opportunities for social and emotional development. The Nurture project will be based within a school in Sunderland. The volunteer mentors will work either in a ‘drop in’ function or work with staff to provide planned support to specific students. Volunteers will be fully briefed in working with individual students and have a dedicated staff member as a point of contact. The Volunteer Mentor role will include supporting / engaging the children with: • Turn-taking skills: o Impulse control o Social perception • Conversational reciprocity • Sharing worries • Generating solutions • Stress-busting • Engage in relaxation • Self-regulation activities • Art activities • Therapeutic horticulture activities • Practical activities


Some knowledge of the Sunderland area • Some knowledge of the special educational needs and disabilities and mental health and/or a willingness to learn • An adequate level of literacy skills in order to be able to help with form filling and an ability to support parents and young people • Patience and understanding • Good listening skills • Volunteers are required to give a commitment of at least twelve months • Commitment to attend a training programme • Be able to follow The Children\'s Foundation’s policy and procedures and work under the supervision of the Nurture Co-Ordinator and staff in the school • To attend supervision sessions on a regular basis

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The Children's Foundation


  • Children
  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Disability
  • Employment, Education and Training
  • Mental Health
  • No specific interest
  • Young People


  • Administration and Office
  • Advice and Information
  • Creativity
  • Local Events
  • Research and Planning
  • Supporting People and Befriending

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  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Volunteers must be 18 or over.
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    The charity can reimburse travel expenses.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description


This opportunity is available Countywide.

When do I need to be available?

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Availability Details

Volunteers will mainly be needed between 2:30pm and 3:30pm to help with after school actitivies, the day of this will be confirmed soon. Additionally, volunteers will be able to get involved in any events that come up either within the school or through the charity.