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1:1 Volunteers

Role Summary

Children’s Bereavement Centre have three levels of 1:1 volunteers:

  • 1:1 Volunteer Counsellors: qualified and support more complex cases
  • 1:1 Bereavement Volunteers: those on placement
  • 1:1 Volunteer Support Workers: entry level role for those who are qualified in other relevant fields e.g. Youth Workers, Teaching Assistants etc. Typically support children with memory book work.


Key points for your reference:


  • They will require a DBS before they can begin 1:1 volunteering. We can arrange this for them if they do not have one
  • We expect a minimum of 12 months’ commitment
  • We can only accept those who are 21 and over for this role
  • They will be expected to support a minimum of three children/adults per week plus in-putting session notes and uploading assessments. There is opportunity to have a larger class-load if they wish.



  • Volunteers must attend all mandatory modules (1-4) plus safeguarding training. They are required to complete the training within 3 months and pass all modules before started with 1:1 volunteering. The assessment will take the form of a reflective journal.
  • Observations will be required within first three children/adults (but not the first appointment). Consent will be needed from child/adult. They must pass your observation to continue volunteering



  • They can use our facilities, however it is preferable that they have their own laptop
  • They can claim 45p per mileage for travelling to appointments (up to 25 miles each way)
  • They can claim £15 per month towards external supervision if the cost is not covered in full elsewhere e.g by the university
  • They must attend monthly external supervision to meet placement or counselling requirements (non-counselling qualified Bereavement Support Volunteers will be provided monthly supervision by the CBC).
  • They are welcome to attend our twice yearly volunteer gatherings to meet others in 1:1 and group roles
  • They will be assigned to an internal mentor


There are opportunities to help out with group work or seasonal workshops if they wish, along with fundraising events.


The closing date is 30.04.24. Interviews will take place in May and training in June, for this cohort to start supporting families thereafter. Full details, including role description and application forms can be found here.




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