Working to support people in their local communities in Trafford.

We believe in the power of communities and a big part of our work is supporting the development of relationships in local places.

Our Early Help Volunteer project, commissioned by Trafford Council, recruits volunteers to provide additional support in youth centres and early help hubs in the borough. This project helps support staff, parents, families, young people and children.

Youth Centres

We have volunteers who work in Talkshop Trafford, which is a specialist advice and information service for young people aged 11-25 years old.

The volunteers support the Youth Workers with administration and reception duties, welcome young people to the service and facilitate groups for young mums and teenagers who are expecting.

This volunteering role not only provides support to staff and the people attending the groups, but provides the volunteers with an opportunity to develop their skills for future careers in a range of sectors such as youth work, psychology, social work, teaching, advocacy work, counselling and the public sector.

Volunteers progress to take on additional responsibilities such as:

  • Advocating on behalf of young people, ensuring their voices are heard and represented
  • Supporting drop-in sessions and the Sexual Health Clinic
  • Supporting outreach teams to engage young people in Trafford
  • Advocating on behalf of young people, ensuring their voices are heard and represented

I am very grateful for the volunteers, without them we wouldn’t have these fantastic sessions which both me and my children love, these sessions have helped me to meet other mums and are vital to stop social isolation in the community’”
Service User

Early Help Hubs

We also have volunteers who work in Early Help Hubs across Trafford who support with the following sessions:

  • Stay and Play Sessions
  • Baby Clubs

The Stay and Play Sessions promote play and interaction between parents and young children aged 0-5 years old. These sessions help increase children’s self-esteem and confidence, provide an opportunity for children to learn through exploring and helps to prepare them for school.

Volunteers are responsible for running the sessions, including aspects such as ensuring health and safety is a priority and providing creative play opportunities and help to create a welcoming and friendly environment. They support parents in bonding with their children and building relationships with other parents.

At the Baby Clubs, volunteers support the Early Help Hub staff to create warm environments to new parents and their babies. The volunteers provide resources, play experience and bring new ideas and activities to encourage interaction.

Learn More

For volunteering opportunities on this project, contact our Early Help Volunteer Coordinator, Emma – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you're interested in this project, or wish to discuss partnership opportunities with us, please contact our Head of Development, Emily Williams - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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