Office or Remote Volunteer Family Support Worker National Helpline
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SummaryFamily Lives operate a free confidential helpline for anyone experiencing difficulties in their family or relationship.
Our volunteers take calls from parents and carers on a wide range of subjects, whether that might be issues around separation and divorce, isolation, depression, bullying and abuse, dealing with behavioural problems, etc. You can find out more about our services on our website.
We are a national service with home-based call takers county wide as well as two call centres in the UK, one based in Old Hatfield in Hertfordshire and one in Newcastle. Once trained volunteers sign up for a weekly 4-hour shift comprising 3 hours ‘online’ followed by a debrief session with your supervisor which can lasts around half to one hour.
We recruit volunteers with a range of backgrounds and experiences though we ask that volunteers have experience of parenting or working with children and young people, are good listeners and have a willingness to learn. Being remote it will be very important that you have a PC/laptop, plug in headset with microphone, good Wi-Fi and a private place to work from home. You need to be a UK resident.
Our training programme is excellent and will give you the opportunity to develop the skills needed to offer empathic support and guidance to callers whatever their circumstances; all shifts are overseen by a regular shift supervisor who provides ongoing remote support. We ask our volunteers to make a commitment of 1 year (with time off for holidays), obviously we understand that circumstances sometimes make that an impossibility but can be helpful to know at the outset that is the general expectation.
We have call taker training sessions that run over five sessions and is done remotely connecting you via a Microsoft Teams link. You would need to be able to attend all five sessions and be available on four occasions to listen into calls, this can be organised remotely.
We have remote voluntary call taker training groups taking place on:
November 2023 Remote Call Taker Training 2023
Module 1- Monday 13th November
Module 2 – Thursday 16th November
Module 3 – Monday 20th November
Module 4 – Thursday 23rd November
Module 5 – Monday 27th November
10am to 2pm
Saturday Remote Call Taker Training 2024
Module 1 - January 13th
Module 2 - January 20th
Module 3 - January 27th
Module 4 - February 10th
Module 5 - February 17th
10am to 2pm
Please note that all roles offered are subject to a satisfactory DBS being obtained, you will receive details of documentation required prior to your training and this must all be in no later than the second session of your training.
What we will provide to volunteers🤝 Extra support
About Family Lives
Every year, we support families across the country to work through difficult experiences such as poverty, behavioural problems, relationship stresses, and countless other issues. We could not support these families without the dedication, passion and generosity of over 300 volunteers.