Active Families Project Support Volunteer

Bishop Auckland

The Active Families project, based in Bishop Auckland, is looking for fun, energetic people to volunteer by helping families to become more active. We work with families from local schools, in a fun and friendly environment. We encourage parents and children to take part in fun activities, designed to get the heart racing and bodies moving. Each week the families take part in a different activity, for example, Geocaching, nature walks, ball games, parachutes and many more. The idea is to give families ideas for how they can be active together and allow them to spend quality time with each other.

After families have enjoyed around 45 minutes of stimulating activity we provide them with a healthy hot meal they can all enjoy together. During some sessions the families help to prepare the meal, building more key skills for a healthy lifestyle. At the end of every session we support families to set their own SMART goals for how they will be active together over the coming week.


• Support the Active Families Project Worker to deliver a 12 week programme of activity, each term, to support families to become more active.
• To be encouraging in the work with families, promote positive lifestyle choices and provide them with support to enable them to reach their potential.
• Mentor parents/carers to become more active in their daily lives
• To listen to families to identify their needs and to ensure that these needs are addressed within available resources, to support them to become more active.
• Help to prepare a hot meal for the families to eat

Skills & Qualities

• Have experience of, or an interest in youth work, working with young people or families.
• Enjoy being active and leading a healthy lifestyle.
• Are passionate about improving outcomes for families.
• Enjoy planning and cooking healthy meals.
• Are good communicators and relationship builders.
• Are understanding of the, often complex, needs of families and young people.

When & Where?

Various schools around the Bishop Auckland area. Our office is based in Butterwick Hospice.

Full Address:
Family Action
Butterwick Hospice Outpatients
Woodhouse Lane
Bishop Auckland
DL14 6JU

Training and Support Offered/Expenses

• Travel expenses subsidised.
• Access to training and development opportunities for personal progression.

Volunteer Benefits

• The opportunity to help build resilience and improve outcomes for families.
• Gaining workplace experience and/or refreshing current skills.
• Becoming part of a dynamic team who are part of a national charity.
• Training and development opportunities offered.
• Regular supervision and coaching sessions offered.

Other Information

DBS check required.

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Type: Families/Parenting, Catering/Cooking, Sport & Fitness, Children/Young People
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