Lucy and Tom's world fell apart when dad left
Could you help Lucy, Tom and other children see their mum
or dad at a Child Contact Centre? Our centre would not be able to
run without the hard work and ongoing support of our team of
What qualities do you need to be a Child Contact
Volunteers in Child Contact Centres need to be impartial,
caring, tolerant, sensitive, flexible, discreet and reliable.
They must always put children's needs first and not take sides
with either parent or any other adults involved in the contact.
How much time will I need to give ?
The Child Contact Centre opens on a Saturday morning and
Thursday afternoon every week. The volunteer rota means that
volunteers are, in general, in the Centre once a month. If they
have more time to spare they can volunteer for additional slots.
New volunteers join a team and are given training either
in advance of, or shortly after they have started working in the
All volunteers receive ongoing support and training.
What will you have to do ?
A volunteer at a Child Contact Centre is primarily
responsible for facilitating meaningful contact between a child
or children and a non-resident parent, by :
||Helping to prepare the centre before children arrive.
||Welcoming families and showing them around.
||Listening to adults and children without judging,
advising or taking sides.
||Tidying up once the centre is closed.
It is also important for potential volunteers to know that
they do not :
||Counsel families using the centre.
||Supervise the children - they remain the responsibility
of their parents at all times.
||Get involved with the families away from the centre.
Are you aged 14-25?
We are partners of the Millennium Volunteer Scheme.
To find out more visit the Volunteer Now web site, youth section for more information on what this could mean to you
Could you become a volunteer at a Child Contact
People who are already volunteers in Child Contact Centres
have commented that:
"It has made me more adaptable and open minded."
"The rewards outweigh the problems and disappointments."
"It is a real joy when after a few minutes a new
relationship begins to grow between the adults and children."
If you would like to help make a difference for
children like Lucy and Tom or find out more about the
work of Child Contact Centres please contact email@example.com
Complete the form below
Volunteer Application Form