Bucks SENDIAS Service

4. Volunteers at Bucks SENDIAS Service

Bucks SENDIAS Service has a team of dedicated volunteers who use their skills and experience to give support in a variety of ways.

Some volunteers are specifically trained as volunteer SENDIAS advisers. They are available to directly support children and young people, and parents/carers.

Other volunteers help Bucks SENDIAS staff in the office or at events and training.


Volunteer with us

Volunteers join us for all sorts of reasons. You might want to:

  • learn and develop new skills
  • work with new people
  • make a difference in your own community

We work to find the best role for you, depending on your experience. As a volunteer, you'll receive specialised training and individual supervision.

What you'll need

To become a SENDIAS volunteer, you'll need to be:

  • a good listener
  • able to communicate clearly
  • a people person (someone who can relate to others)

We ask our volunteers to be impartial and keep information confidential. You’ll need to understand what that means and be able to follow our guidance on it.


Volunteer SENDIAS advisers

Our volunteer SENDIAS advisers help parents, carers, and young people by:

  • explaining letters and reports
  • explaining jargon or how local authority processes work
  • helping with preparing letters and paperwork
  • helping prepare for meetings
  • attending meetings relating to education, health and care with you
  • helping you express and record your views
  • talking through procedures, choices and the implications of choices
  • helping you to be fully involved in the EHC needs assessment and EHC Plan process

Training for SENDIAS advisers

Volunteer SENDIAS advisers are carefully recruited.

All volunteer advisers are:

  • invited in for an interview
  • checked for references (from people who know them in a work, volunteering, or personal role)
  • given at least 10 hours of face to face training
  • supervised by the SENDIAS team and follow the same confidentiality and impartiality rules

If they are working with the public, all our volunteers are Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked. This means we can make sure they can work with vulnerable groups, such as young people.

SENDIAS volunteer advisers are all required to complete IPSEA Level 1 online training.


Contact us

If you'd like to find out more about being a SENDIAS volunteer or SENDIAS adviser, please contact our office to arrange a chat.

Buckinghamshire SENDIAS Service
Email: sendias@buckscc.gov.uk


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Last updated: 22 October 2019

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