We are looking for Volunteers from across the Service Community including Serving Personnel, Defence Civilians and Ex-Serving Personnel to support the project. As FAB volunteers you will be at the heart of the holidays providing mentoring support, encouragement or just a sympathetic ear. Don’t worry we will train and support you throughout the experience.
There are a variety of different roles that you can fulfill as a FAB volunteer so please ensure that when you apply you make it clear which role you would like to be considered for.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for people from all military ranks, backgrounds and experience, Defence civilians and Ex-Service personnel to become volunteers. Also, you do not have to have any previous experience as a volunteer working on projects or with charity, 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 a bereavement support service, specialising in bereavement counselling for young children and other experienced individuals and volunteers. We encourage applications from Male volunteers.
Your work as a volunteer
We will aim to send you on one of the camps within the FAB camp calendar for 2016, taking place over July and August. Where possible, we will allocate you the week of your choice and location, as we understand that you will need to fit in your own summer leave and any other priorities you might have.
The majority of the volunteers during a camp are Family Volunteers.
Family volunteers are allocated a family or families depending on the numbers, whether they have been on a FAB camp previously or their individual needs. The role of the volunteer is to provide friendly and supportive help to enable their family or families to have a relaxing and positive experience. This can mean a very practical role of helping the family whilst on activities, providing a sympathetic ear or kicking a football around at the end of the day. The Family Volunteer is likely to be the family’s point of contact for questions and help. The role is incredibly rewarding and very much appreciated by all the families on the camp.
Bereavement Support Volunteer
The Bereavement Support Volunteer’s role is to provide additional, specialist support to the families and volunteers attending a FAB camp. Although the main aim of a camp is to provide fun, safe, challenging, activities for the families in attendance, it is acknowledged that it is a camp for bereaved families. This in itself can lead to times when someone (family member and/or volunteer) may require additional support. The Bereavement Support Volunteer is also responsible for conducting daily group debriefs with all volunteers in conjunction with the OIC.
This role requires individuals who are trained and have experience of working with bereavement, family dynamics and facilitating groups. Knowledge/experience of the military is desirable but not essential as you will be supported by other volunteers who will have this. Training in addition to the FAB initial training course will be provided for suitable individuals who are selected for this role.
Community Support Volunteer
The Community Support Volunteer supports the families during the evenings, at the Youth Hostel location whilst the Family Volunteers return to a separate location for the evening. The role of the Community Support Volunteer is difficult to fully explain as it varies depending on what camp you are on and what group of families are present, however, some of the activities a Community Support Volunteer may find themselves taking part in are: providing activities for the children to do in the evening; helping families integrate into the group; providing a listening ear to the children/adults.
This role requires individuals, who have experience working within the military community in a supporting role. Knowledge/experience in supporting those who are bereaved is desirable but not essential as additional training will be provided.
As part of the process for becoming a volunteer, you are required to complete the online 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 the FAB Project Leader and/or FAB Volunteer Co-ordinator. There will be a number of interview dates and locations available, but these are TBC.
Dates/Locations – TBC
From 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. The two-day course location will be Amport House, Andover, dates below:
- 11 & 12 Jul 16
There is no fee for attending the training course, however there may be nominal food and accommodation charges.
All new volunteers for 2016 FAB Camps must have attended both an interview and the training and be able to attend one of the FAB Camps in 2016. Dates can be found on our Camps and Events page.
It should be noted that attendance for both interview and training does not automatically guarantee acceptance as a Volunteer.
All applicants must be in possession of a valid in date Defence Barring Service (DBS) check to cover the period July – August 2016. Further advice can be given at interview.
FAB is a non publicly funded volunteer programme, and therefore volunteers will be required to fund their own travel costs to the interviews, training and camps. Food and accommodation whilst on the camps is provided by FAB.
Interested in applying as a volunteer for FAB?
Please complete our online application form.
If you require any further information regarding becoming a Volunteer, please contact WO2 Lou O’Connell MBE in the first instance.