Children's centres volunteering

Information about volunteering at children's centres in North Yorkshire and how to apply.

Children's centres across North Yorkshire are looking for volunteers to help in a variety of roles helping local children and families.

As a volunteer, you will be supported by the staff at the children's centre and will be encouraged to meet with and talk with other volunteers. You will also be able to access training. Volunteering will help you gain valuable experience to add to your CV when applying for future employment. You can also claim any expenses that you incur as the result of volunteering. Volunteering is also very satisfying and we truly value your help.

Volunteer roles

Session assistants / crèche assistants

In the session assistant role you would help with meeting and greeting families; encouraging families to register with the centre; preparing and serving refreshments; setting up and packing away; and assisting our parent support staff. As a crèche assistant you would support qualified staff to care for and provide play and learning opportunities for children who attend the centre.

Community champion volunteers

In this role volunteers would be trained to act as advocates for the children's centre. You will attend community events and will market the children's centre, telling families about our services and encouraging more families to access them. You will need to work independently and be a keen and confident communicator. Community champions could also deliver our service information leaflets to local community organisations and schools.

Family mentor volunteers

This role would be suitable for someone with previous experience of family work or for someone with relevant qualifications who needs to develop their experience under the supervision of the children's centre team. You would work with families to support their attendance at the children's centre and would act as a mentor / point of contact for families who need temporary support.

General volunteer

If you feel that you have other skills that might be of benefit to our centre and our families, we are always keen to hear from you. We also have a wide range of other general tasks that we constantly need help with so please make contact if you have spare time and are willing to get involved.