As FAB volunteers you will be at the heart of the holidays providing mentoring support, encouragement or just a sympathetic ear. We will train and support you throughout the experience.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for people from all military ranks, backgrounds and experience (including Defence civilians) to become volunteers. You do not have to have any previous experience as a volunteer working on projects or with charities, or have experience of working in bereavement counselling or with young people. We are ultimately looking for good listeners, people with enthusiasm for the project, and those with a willingness to be a friend or mentor to our bereaved families. Throughout the volunteer process and at the Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) camps, you will be supported by the Candle Project (see link on the right) - specialists in bereavement counselling for young children - and other experienced individuals and volunteers.
Candle Project - specialists in bereavement counselling for young children - and other experienced individuals and volunteers.
Your work as a volunteer
We will aim to send you on one of the four holidays within the FAB holiday calendar for 2011, taking place over July and August. Where possible, we will allocate you the week of your choice and the location, as we understand that you will need to fit in your own summer leave and any other priorities you might have.
As part of the process for becoming a volunteer, you are required to complete an application form and submit to the Volunteer Co-ordinator, she will then contact you and arrange for you to attend a mandatory but informal interview with either the FAB Project Director or FAB Volunteer Co-ordinator and a member of the Candle Project. The interview location will be at Regents Park Barracks, London, over the dates:
2 March 2011
25 March 2011
14 April 2011
From the interview, volunteers will be selected for training. Interviews will not be given to everyone who applies and it will be on a first come, first served basis.
Following the interview process and successful selection for attendance on the training, all volunteers will be required to undertake the bereavement awareness support course administered by the Candle Project. The two-day course location will be Amport House, Andover over the following dates:
9th - 10th May 2011
27th - 28th June 2011
There is no fee for attending the training course, however there may be minimal food and accommodation charges.
All new volunteers for 2011 FAB Camps must have attended both an interview, the training and be able to attend one of the FAB Camps in 2011. It should be noted that attendance for both interview and training does not automatically guarantee acceptance as a Volunteer.
All applicants must be either in possession of a valid in date Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check to cover the period July – August 2011, or be prepared to submit a CRB application. Further advice will be given at interview.
FAB is a non-public funded volunteer programme, and therefore volunteers will be required to fund their own travel costs to the interviews, training and holidays.
You can download the volunteer application form here.