Opportunity Code: VH104-10119
Closing Date to Apply: -
Purpose: A leading UK children's charity that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
We need you to be the face of the organisation for the family and begin the exciting journey that realises a child’s one true wish. The organisations volunteers play an essential role in exploring the imaginations of children and providing these valuable insights to our Wishgranting team.
You’ll be calling the family to arrange your visit, and then liaising with another Wish Visitor volunteer to set a date.
You’ll prepare for the visit and do everything you can to ensure that it’s the best possible experience for the child.
During the visit you’ll use a variety of tools and techniques, which will inspire the imagination of the child and help you discover their One True Wish
After the visit you’ll write a summary report of the child’s wish and any other relevant details.
From time to time, you may be encouraged to support the granting of a wish in your area. This may include providing your local knowledge for venues, services etc. It may be helping coordinate activities or you may actually get a chance to be there on the wish day itself!
You will be expected to complete relevant training and ensure that you keep up to date with Make-A-Wish updates and any changes within our Wishgranting process.
You’ll keep your Volunteer Manager up to date with any significant issues, changes or successes, and will be encourage to keep in contact with your fellow Wish Visitors in your area also.
Time needed from Volunteer:
We’d be asking you to commit to at least 3 visits a year, whilst ensuring that you kept yourself up to date with all relevant updates and training.
Skills Experience & Qualifications:
You must be able to demonstrate:
•Ability and confidence in talking to children
•Committed and a desire to put the needs of the family first
•Intuitive ability to react to a family’s situation
•Empathetic, tactful and respectful
•Excellent listening and communication skills
•Written communications skills with the ability to accurately reflect the words and wishes of children
•Recognise the importance of confidentiality
•Be able to maintain professional boundaries
•Be reliable with a degree of flexibility
•Being abreast of popular trends with children and young people
•Have access to a car or local good transport links and be willing to attend wish visits within a 30 mile radius of your home address
•Access to the Internet and confidence in using it, as well as being a proficient user of Microsoft Word
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