Volunteer recruitment drive to help families in need

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A recruitment drive for volunteers to help transform the lives of families and individuals in the Ribble Valley has been launched.

Community Solutions North West was set up last month to provide volunteers with opportunities to take part in two projects, Family Solutions and Support Solutions.

Family Solutions offers support to families who are experiencing difficulties due to circumstances, social isolation or relationship breakdown.

Focusing on positive aspects of life such as being healthy and safe, making a positive contribution to society, the project promotes the Every Child Matters Five Outcomes of being healthy, staying safe, making a positive contribution, enjoying and achieving and economic well being.

The scheme, based in Burnley and Accrington, is looking for volunteers with family experience who can support families to learn positive parenting skills, develop confidence and resilience within the family and help develop social interaction.

Support Solutions is a project working with individuals who are socially isolated or

experiencing low to moderate mental health issues. Whether it is a chat over a cup of coffee, a telephone conversation or involvement with social group activities, volunteers are needed to encourage and raise self-esteem, through mentoring and befriending. Group activities take place weekly, at various locations around East Lancashire. Each group provides a safe, social setting for participants, with attendees encouraged to develop activities, depending upon the needs of those involved.

Ideally suited to the role would be volunteers who are considering a career in family support or sports coaching qualifications. All volunteer roles will include a basic, informal interview, to gain further information about previous experience, ambitions and interests and full training will be given. If you would like more information please contact the Family Solutions Team on 01254 460080 or email info@csnw.co.uk