Volunteers are central to the way FNF operates. It is likely that you received help from a volunteer when you first approached FNF, and may feel that you can now offer something in return. No one else can offer the same level of support and information that our members can - because our volunteers know the difficulties relating to parental separation and often have experienced them themselves. Even if you don't feel you know all the 'ins' and 'outs', a sympathetic ear may be exactly what someone in trouble needs.
There are many different ways that you can volunteer:
Join a branch. There are always things to be done. Meetings vary in size frequency and nature. But people turn up to them in states of great distress, needing someone to talk to. Some need help of specific sorts, which you may or may not be able to provide. But some need simply to share their pain and isolation and to talk about their family issues with others who may contribute simply on the basis of being another human being with whom they can share things. For some, meetings are partly social occasions where they can talk about issues that they cannot at other times.
If there is no branch, set one up.
- FNF's telephone Helpline is a vital first point of contact with the charity for many parents struggling to see their children after a relationship breakdown.Volunteer on the Helpline
- The Board are always looking for new Trustees. More information can be found here.
Help at the FNF office in London. We welcome anyone willing to roll up their sleeves and help out with the day-to-day tasks of supporting our members. Volunteers are very much appreciated in this busy office, and hopefully you will also find it a satisfying place to work. Contact us.
If you feel you have a particular area of expertise that you feel could benefit the organisation or its members (such as lobbying, PR, IT etc) we would love to hear from you. Contact Us.
Become a McKenzie Friend. Many of our people have to argue their case in court without professional help. A McKenzie friend is a person who cannot normally address the court but can take notes and offer help and support. If you are interested in being added to the list of McKenzie Friends listed on our website, please contact email@example.com for further details.
Not sure? Contact us and we'll be happy to talk to you about the contributions you can make.
As a volunteer you will gain great satisfaction in actively doing something positive towards achieving a fairer deal for parents and children after separation - or in helping others through some of the tough times that you may yourself have experienced.