Volunteer with us

By volunteering with us you can make a difference to families, develop your personal skills, and access specialist training opportunities relating to education provision for children with SEND.


Volunteer with us

Reasons to volunteer

There are lots of reasons why you might want to volunteer with us, including:

  • giving back to the community
  • making a difference to families around you
  • developing new skills
  • building on existing knowledge and experience

Who can volunteer

Anyone is welcome to volunteer with us.

If we think you are suitable for a people-focused volunteer role we will need you to have an enhanced DBS Check.  We carry these checks out as part of the volunteer recruitment process.

Volunteer roles

There are several types of volunteer roles here at SENDIAS Bathnes. These include administrative. marketing and communication roles. Most of our  Volunteers offer their time as Parent Champions. All of our volunteers who become Parent supporters have first been parent champions.

We are currently recruiting for Meeting Support Volunteers (see below for more information and to apply).  The closing date is 16th April 2024.

Parent Champion

You don't need to be a parent to be a Parent Champion, but you will be trained to carry out the role. Parent Champions are volunteers who give a few hours a week to chat to other families about what we do and which other services are available locally. This helps marginalised or isolated parents who might miss out on important information on how to access local family services. 

Read a full description of the Parent Champion Volunteer role.

Watch a video on how Parent Champions transform their communities.


Volunteer Supporter

We train all Volunteer Supporters to provide confidential, impartial information, advice, and support to children, young people and parents or carers. This support empowers people to make informed choices regarding a child or young person's special educational needs.

Volunteer Supporters assist our Information and Advice Officers who connect them with families. Sometimes Volunteer Supporters meet one to one with families to help them gather information and talk about other organisations who could support them. Volunteer Supporters may also attend meetings with the family and other professionals to discuss the best options available to support the child or young person and their family.

Read a full description of the Volunteer Supporter role.

Volunteer Administrator

Volunteer Administrators support our friendly and professional team. Tasks include telephoning our service users for feedback and assisting with marketing and general administrative tasks.

Read a full description of the Volunteer Administrator role.

Meeting Support Volunteer

Meeting Support Volunteers accompany families to meetings, taking notes and offering support.

Read a full description of the Meeting Support Volunteer role.

Apply to become a volunteer

To apply to become a volunteer or to request more information, please get in touch with a member of our team by using the online form.

Become a volunteer

If you feel you need more information before submitting an application form,  please get in touch and we'll be happy to discuss your options with you.

What happens next

When we have received your application, we will review it within 10 working days and will contact you with the outcome.

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