Volunteering for 3 hours a month would make the world of difference

Our three wonderful volunteers Nic, Amber and Louisa have been helping us to build a supportive community for children and families in Brockworth for the last ten months. We’re now launching a new group in Cheltenham and we’d love to hear from you if you are interested in joining our KidsTime team.

KidsTime is a fun and interactive monthly group for children and families where a parent experiences mental health difficulties. It’s a place where children and parents can relax together whilst learning about mental illness, accessing peer support, building friendships and eating pizza.

As a KidsTime volunteer, you would support our three facilitators in ensuring the smooth running of the sessions. Tasks range from setting up and clearing away the rooms, welcoming families as they arrive and ensuring that everyone gets pizza to entertaining toddlers, chatting with teenagers and providing practical support to the workshop facilitators.

At each session, following a lively, interactive session learning about mental health or mental illness, the children head off to develop a short drama which they capture on video whilst the adults gather for a parenting support session. Then it’s all back together again for pizza and an opportunity for the children to show and discuss their mental health themed film with the adults.

Volunteers are integral to the KidsTime team. You’ll be invited to join the team building and training day for the new Cheltenham team in July and we’ll also offer you training in safeguarding children.

We are actively recruiting KidsTime volunteers prior to launching the new group this summer. The group will run from 4:30 – 7:45 on the second Wednesday of the month. If you’d like to know more please email mail@glosyoungcarers.org.uk and Kate or Mandy will contact you to arrange an informal chat or visit our website