Would you like a volunteering role that helps develop your career, is progressive and a little different?

TLC: Talk, Listen, Change is responsible for supporting Trafford Early Help Hubs to run Stay and Play sessions for children age 0-5 years and their families.

Stay and play sessions promote play and interaction between parents and children, help increase children's self-esteem and confidence, provide an opportunity for children to learn through exploring and helps prepare them for school.

While it is important to let children play alone, there are many things that adults can do that will help children build confidence, self-esteem, focus their attention and improve their language and motor skills by interactively playing with them.

We currently have opportunities in Partington and Stretford.   

What’s the role?

Sessions are carefully planned to encourage interaction between parents and children in good quality play experiences that are fun, enjoyable and help maximise children’s development in all areas of learning.

Main duties include:

  • Helping to promote the sessions
  • Supporting the setting up, planning and smooth running of the session
  • Welcoming parents and children and helping them to register and sign in, get settled and ready to enjoy the session
  • Leading on the format of the session ie free play, creative activity, snack and singing time
  • Help children and parents to engage during the session and access all that is available
  • Offer independent support and advice to parents regarding their children and how to develop their parenting skills
  • Encourage and support parents to help to tidy up after the session
  • Complete the tidying up and ensure the room is left tidy for other users

This role may suit those who are looking to develop their careers in: childcare, teaching, working in a school, play workers.

Why would I want to become a Volunteer?

  • You want to make a difference in your community
  • You enjoy supporting and working with children and families
  • You would like to meet new people and build your confidence
  • You have the time to spare

Why volunteer with us?

  • Support within your role
  • One to one supervision every 6-8 weeks
  • You will be kept up to date on your training, including Safeguarding
  • Up to date DBS checks while you are volunteering with us
  • You will be offered support on any personal issues raised as a result of the volunteering
  • Treated with respect as a “professional volunteer”
  • 1-2-1 supervision on a regular basis and access to peer support
  • Expenses are reimbursed (capped)
  • References available upon request where appropriate
  • Help and support if you are returning to work or looking into other opportunities

What are the other role requirements?

  • Good verbal communication and engagement skills
  • A non-judgemental attitude
  • Enthusiasm for interacting with children and having fun

We have an incredibly diverse and vibrant team and welcome people from all walks of life with varying experience to apply. However please note that we do require a DBS check (paid for by us) and each application is considered on an individual basis.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this role, please contact the Early Help Volunteer Coordinator, Emma on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her on 07803 415 636.

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