Children volunteer

(8 Posts)
bigmommy Mon 31-Oct-16 11:36:41

Hello all,

This is something that has been on my mind and will love my children to volunteer.
I have searched and don t know If I am not searching right ...because i cannot find any organisation that allows children volunteer - to help other children that are less privileged than them.

I have seen lots of organisations that allows adults to volunteer but I want my children to volunteer - eg..feed homeless or package christmas presents or help other children in the hospital.

Does anyone know of any - that children can volunteer to help?

Thank You

bruffin Mon 31-Oct-16 11:43:00

Dd volunteered from 12 at a SN intigrated playgroup

mintthins Mon 31-Oct-16 11:45:44

It depends how old they are tbh. DD1 and DD2 both managed to find local volunteering roles for DofE aged 14. Many volunteer roles require them to be 16 or 17.

Could they organise some fundraisers if they are younger?

bigmommy Mon 31-Oct-16 11:49:39

Thats what I thought. I cant find any between ages of 10 and 15. Mine are 10 and 11.

Stilllivinginazoo Mon 31-Oct-16 11:50:50

My dd volunteers at out church community cafe(she's 12)there are a lot rules many organisations use to avoid exploitation, mist won't allow under 16/18 to volunteer(also from insurance purposes).my dd only volunteers as waitress when I am on premises. Others in the church do same with their kids. Strict ruling regarding amount if hours allowed to do too.might be better to fundraise as previous poster suggested

HappyHeart87 Mon 31-Oct-16 11:53:23

I think it's unlikely that any (reputable) charity would allow your children to have direct access with children 'less privileged than them' for the purposes of volunteering. There are issues of confidentiality, boundaries and Safeguarding that children under 16 couldn't be reasonably expected to understand or manage appropriately.

Agree with PP that if your children genuinely want to help others then fundraising is probably the best idea. Barnardos have a great scheme to donate towards young carers. Could your kids raise some money towards that?

http://believeinme.barnardos.org.uk/xmas?gclid=CP-Lk6L9hNACFbMy0wodhEAIDA

bigmommy Mon 31-Oct-16 11:54:10

That's what I thought. Thank you very much ladies. Will do that. I just thought there was one they could be part of this year. Kisses

Davros Mon 31-Oct-16 12:21:06

Show them the Good Gifts catalogue and website. It is an amazing organisation.
My DD (13) has just started volunteering at a local arts and crafts group for younger, less privileged, kids but under strict supervision. She could also have helped out at the local disabled swimming session, although I'm not sure if that's because I know the leader well as DS went there. She could also have got a place volunteering with a local disabled sports session (keen), again under supervision and her brother also went there - as a user, not a volunteer

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