At Jigsaw (South East), we rely on volunteers to enable us to support the bereaved families who attend our groups and to help us fundraise so that we can facilitate these groups. Without our volunteers it would not be possible to run our Grief Support Groups that provide these families with the strategies to cope in the future. Volunteering gives you an opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives in your community and can be immensely rewarding. As a volunteer, you will learn new skills and be able to use existing ones to help our charity run smoothly. Volunteering can also help develop your personal skills and confidence.
What can I do?
- You can be a buddy, providing support to our qualified Grief Support Workers at our bi-annual Family Groups. You will be required to help the group leaders carry out various activities which encourage memories of the person who has died and to take part in activities such as Salt Jars, Memory boxes, candle lit ceremony, balloon release, clay anger wall etc.
- You can help us fundraise. We are always on the lookout for volunteers who would like to help with fundraising events or alternatively if you would like to organise your own event to fundraise for Jigsaw (South East).
- You can help in an administrative role. From time to time, we may need extra administrative help in our East Grinstead office if we are busy.
Who can volunteer for Jigsaw (South East)
Anyone can apply to be a Jigsaw (South East) volunteer. You do not need to have qualifications but the following qualities are required:
- Experience with children
- Beneficial if bereavement experience – we are not counsellors
- Sympathise/empathise/good listener
- To be able to interact with children
- To be able to work in a team and happy to participate in activities
We will require all volunteers to pass a DBS (formerly CRB) check before they can proceed with any volunteering role.
We welcome men and women of all, races, cultures and backgrounds. We welcome diversity and encourage volunteers from all sections of our community. Unfortunately, we have limited opportunities for anyone under the age of 18 years of age.
Do I need training?
At Jigsaw (South East) we feel it is important that our volunteers are given the skills required to deal with bereaved children and their families. We run a four – week training course which we expect all of our new volunteers to attend. The course is free of charge. We also run various workshops throughout the year which we feel will benefit our volunteers in their role.
How can I apply?
To become a volunteer, please download our Volunteer application form and complete and return to our East Grinstead office. This will give us all the information we need to get you started as a volunteer. Our volunteer co-ordinator will be in contact to discuss the position and further training.