About Us

Safe Families for Children aims to support families who are in crisis. The organisation's purpose is to:

  • Prevent Child neglect and abuse

  • Stabilise families in times of crisis

  • Reduce the flow of children going into care

Nottingham students helped to reduce the flow of children going into care by 12% last year alone.  The support you can give as a volunteer to keep a family together is fantastic. Be part of something that truly makes a real difference.

About your role

The organisation are looking for volunteers to be a Family Friend. The Family Friend position can take on two different roles.

  1. To support a child/children with commitments ranging from once a week to once a month. This role could include visiting and supporting children in their own home or taking them out for a visit for example to the park. Volunteers have the opportunity to give children a positive fun time, whilst providing a break for parents.

  2. To provide support for parents as they go through a tough time. This could be by grabbing a coffee with them once a week to once a month or supporting them with any other skills you may have.

Volunteers who have a compassion for vulnerable families and a non-judgemental attitude whom are willing to serve are required. 



The commitment in the first year is to support one family. The role is extremely flexible so can easily fit around a students shedule. 


Application Process

1) Click on the 'Register Your Interest' button to contact the SVC for more details.

2) SVC will pass on your details to Safe Families for Children.

3) Safe Families for Children will contact you to arrange an online DBS check, also 3 references will be required.

4) A full induction involving one training day and a volunteer Assessment will be provided.

5) It should take about 4-6 weeks to get started!

Other information

Training days take place on the first Saturday of each month.

This role is a fantastic opportunity as volunteers will be provided with a certificate stating that you have completed the volunteer process. Volunteers also gain a rewarding experience working with and helping socially isolated people, supporting and befriending children and families.          


Contact Details

Student Volunteer Centre (SVC)

UoN Students' Union

C Floor, Portland Building

University Park,

Nottingham, NG7 2RD


0115 846 8750



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