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Befriender - Parent Carer Sitting Service

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Do you enjoy spending time with children with special needs? Can you spare a few hours every other week? Would you like to help a parent carer by giving them a few hours respite or time with their other children? If so, have you considered volunteering with the Parent Carer Sitting Service at Northamptonshire Carers?

What's involved?

A volunteer befriender enables individuals with a caring responsibility for a child with additional needs to take some time away from their caring role. Depending on the time of the visit, and the age of the child it may be more of a babysitting role or a befriending role. You will not be expected to do any personal care or to give any medications. The majority of the children will have autism and/or ADHD although there is no criteria for whom can and cannot be supported, each case is looked at on an individual level. 

This role would be ideal for someone who enjoys meeting new people and would like to befriend a child or young person. Whether you want to develop new skills and increase experience or you have had a career in childcare but now find you have enough time to support a charity, any experience of working with children with special needs would be invaluable. Training will be provided along with on-going support.


You must be:

  • Understanding 
  • Caring and trustworthy
  • Patient
  • Empathetic, with good communication skills.
  • Willing to undergo training and improve knowledge and awareness of children with additional needs.


It is essential that you have some experience in a form of childcare – looking after your own or someone else's children, helping at children’s clubs and activities etc. 

Personal or professional experience with children with special educational needs would be beneficial, but not essential.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    You must be over 18
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
    Autism awareness training First aid training Induction including lone working and safeguarding
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When do I need to be available?

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Availability Details

You must be available for at least a few hours every fortnight between the hours of 9am and 8pm Monday to Friday

Register your Interest


  • Children
  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Disability
  • Families and Parenting
  • Mental Health
  • Young People


  • Supporting People and Befriending

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