Volunteers needed to help Pre-School Learning Alliance

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Community Action: MK supports local charities and community groups with the recruitment of volunteers. This week we focus on Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Pre-School Learning Alliance - Independent Supporters

Pre-School Learning Alliance is an educational charity helping children succeed, create the child care that families need and build learning communities. They have been awarded a contract to deliver a new service across Milton Keynes; the ‘Independent Support Service’, a free, impartial service for parents of children and young people with special educational needs In particular, the service will help individuals through the statutory assessment and the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) processes.

They have an exciting and new opportunity for volunteers. Independent Supporters are volunteers who will play a crucial role in supporting parents of children and young people with Special Educational Needs. Volunteers will be trained and supported to help in the assessment of children’s educational, health and care needs. The Alliance’s target over the next eight months is to recruit 15 Independent Supporters who will:

Volunteer independently but in partnership with the local authority, Parent Partnership Service and support services to help identify families in most need of support

To help parents to understand the local offer of support available to them

To act as a named person for the parent or young person throughout the assessment and planning process

To provide information to parents and young people on personal budgets

To support parents in contributing to an EHCP, ready to be signed off by a designated professional that has been agreed as part of a local referral protocol process

To signpost parents to Parent Partnership Services or local information advice and support services; when appropriate

To liaise with parent/carer forums

The level and nature of the support that volunteers will provide will be tailored to the particular needs of individual families, children and young people. It is anticipated that volunteers will need to commit to at least five hours per week.

Volunteers will need to:

• Have the understanding and skills for volunteering with parents and young people

• Have some experience and understanding of SEN and disability

• The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

• The ability to understand set processes and procedures

• An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities

• The willingness and commitment to attend specific training

For more details contact Debbie and Shona at Community Action: MK on 01908 661623 or email volunteering@communityactionmk.org to register your details. Alternatively, to find out more about other opportunities within the Milton Keynes area come along to our weekly drop in session on a Thursday at Acorn House from 10 am - 12 noon or log onto the National Database of Voluntary Opportunities www.do-it.org

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