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Lucy and Tom's world fell apart when dad left

Spare time?

Could you help Lucy, Tom and other children see their mum or dad at a Child Contact Centre? Our centre would not be able to run without the hard work and ongoing support of our team of volunteers.

What qualities do you need to be a Child Contact Centre Volunteer?

Volunteers in Child Contact Centres need to be impartial, caring, tolerant, sensitive, flexible, discreet and reliable. They must always put children's needs first and not take sides with either parent or any other adults involved in the contact.

How much time will I need to give ?

The Child Contact Centre opens on a Saturday morning. The volunteer rota means that volunteers are, in general, in the Centre once a month. If they have more time to spare they can volunteer for additional slots.

New volunteers join a team and are given training either in advance of, or shortly after they have started working in the centre.

All volunteers receive ongoing support and training.

What will you have to do ?

A volunteer at a Child Contact Centre is primarily responsible for facilitating meaningful contact between a child or children and a non-resident parent, by :
Bullet Helping to prepare the centre before children arrive.
Bullet Welcoming families and showing them around.
Bullet Listening to adults and children without judging, advising or taking sides.
Bullet Making refreshments.
Bullet Tidying up once the centre is closed.

It is also important for potential volunteers to know that they do not :
Bullet Counsel families using the centre.
Bullet Supervise the children - they remain the responsibility of their parents at all times.
Bullet Get involved with the families away from the centre.

Are you aged 14-25?

We are partners of the Millennium Volunteer Scheme.

To find out more visit the Volunteer Now web site, youth section for more information on what this could mean to you

Millennium Volunteers

Could you become a volunteer at a Child Contact Centre?

People who are already volunteers in Child Contact Centres have commented that:

"It has made me more adaptable and open minded."

"The rewards outweigh the problems and disappointments."

"It is a real joy when after a few minutes a new relationship begins to grow between the adults and children."

And finally

If you would like to help make a difference for children like Lucy and Tom or find out more about the work of Child Contact Centres please contact


Complete the form below

Volunteer Application Form

A: Larne Child Contact Centre - Greenland Community Centre, 162a Old Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1TS (Saturday 10:00am - Noon)
A: Larne Child Contact Centre - YMCA Building - 30 - 34 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus, BT38 8AT (Postal Address)
T: 028 9335 0940
M: 07853 938881