For volunteers

Our volunteer training is tailored to each volunteer role. All volunteers will be inducted into their specific role and Markfield: our values, policies and working procedures.

Training for volunteers that will work with children, young people, disabled adults or families includes: ways of understanding and supporting behaviour, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and inclusive play.

Our training course for Family Befriender Volunteers is now accredited by the Open College Network. Volunteers can choose to work towards an accredited certificate.

We are committed to the ongoing professional development of our volunteers; offer regular supervision and access to resources. Volunteers have collaborated to develop short film clips showing inclusive play activities. The ‘Free Play’ project has included these play ideas and access for volunteers to a toy library of resources they can use within their work.

Take a look at the current inclusive play ideas.

Make a nature bracelet by using wide masking tape. Fasten it around the wrist with the sticky side facing out. Stick leaves, feathers and tissue paper for a textured decoration.

For some sensory fun add small plastic creatures to jelly (maybe add some glitter as well). When it has set, stick your hands in and explore!

Make a bird feeder by covering a toilet or kitchen roll tube in peanut butter and rolling it in bird seed. Then just slide it on a branch.

Turn a cardboard box into something new. Make a car and go on a journey, create a den and play house or fill it with cushions and blankets and just relax.

“Wonderful facility – we look forward to coming each time.”