Get Involved

Find out more about our services and volunteering

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

For volunteers who work on our befriending services we provide a free 4 day befriending training course so you can support a family on one to one basis. The role involves building relationships with a parent, offering a listening ear, helping parents find their own strengths to build their confidence, supporting parent to access activities and information on other sources of support. In return you will receive supervision and support, and ongoing training from both our trained staff and external speakers.

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Become a Befriender for new mothers in Barnsley Central Area 

You can make a real difference to a young mother in Barnsley by visiting her for an hour or two weekly or fortnightly and providing support through a difficult time.

Benefits of volunteering for Family Lives:

  • Satisfaction in making a real and lasting difference to new mothers and their families who are struggling
  • An opportunity to develop experience for work and training courses 
  • Ongoing training, personal development and support to enhance future career prospects
  • Being part of an enthusiastic, supportive team
  • Out of pocket expenses reimbursed
  • Flexible hours

Are you a professional working with young mother who would benefit from some support?

Get in touch to find out how to refer a family and our criteria for referrals.

For more information and to make a referral, please get in touch with or ring Lesley 07971 253308.

Can you help us and raise vital funds for us?

If you want to support local families in your area there are lots of ways you can get involved. From becoming a local volunteer, to organising a fundraising event. If you want to help raise money for Family Lives, there are all sorts of things you can do. From running a marathon, organising a bake sale to a sponsored skydive. Find out more about ways to support us