Barnardo’s is committed to providing ‘Better Outcomes for More Children’. Our children’s services volunteers help the charity to deliver essential services in local communities, providing support to over 300,000 children, young people and their families. This role provides a great opportunity to join our fantastic children’s services and help make a real difference.

The Surrey Parent Wellbeing Service aims to provide early support to parents of children and young people across Surrey who are experiencing poor wellbeing. This may present itself in many ways such as feeling lonely, feeling isolated, feeling unhappy, or anxious, having low mood, or experiencing stress. This can come from a wide variety of situations, including being bullied, exam pressures, not getting on with parents/carers, and peer pressure.

We recognize that parents may also experience anxiety and worries when their child has poor wellbeing. This service will recruit parents/carers as volunteers to take on the role of befrienders and offer peer-to-peer support for new families entering the service on a 1:1 basis or in small groups, either face-to-face or ‘virtually’.

What skills do I need?

The skills you need are to be reliable, punctual and trustworthy, approachable and welcoming. The ability to communicate and engage with children, young people and families. Being non-judgmental and positive in their attitude to working with individuals from different backgrounds. Having some knowledge and understanding of supporting parents and carers, and the issues faced by disadvantaged families. Having personal experience with running a home and/or maintaining family routines. The ability to empathise with children, young people and families, who may be facing difficult times in their lives.

  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • Children
  • Disability
  • Domestic Abuse, Rape and Sexual Abuse
  • Families and Parenting
  • LGBT+
  • Mental Health
  • Young People
  • Befriending & Buddying
  • Youth Work


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