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How to Be a Useful Parent Volunteer

Parent Volunteer

Many of us like to help out with our children’s activities in our free time as it allows us a little insight into their world. Whether it is a sports team or just volunteering as a chaperone for a school event, there are many things you can do. Here are some of the things you should think about if you want to be as useful a parent volunteer as possible.

Drive the Minibus

If your child is on a sports team, you will already know how difficult it can be to organise away games. Splitting the kids between different cars is not always the best option. Some parents might also not appreciate going all that way as they might have other commitments they need to do. Therefore, one of the easiest ways to arrange travel might be to get a minibus.

Some hire companies don’t include a driver with the minibus, though, and some coaches might be unable to drive if they need to be in the back with the team to go over tactics.

As a parent volunteer, you could be the perfect candidate for driving the team minibus. While you’ll obviously need a minibus insurance policy before you get behind the wheel, you probably won’t need any extra training courses for driving a minibus.

First Aider

The coaches and teachers your child spend time with during their activities are all likely to be first aid trained. However, you never know when you might end up in a situation where someone needs medical attention but the designated first aider is occupied.

You do not have to be a medical professional to have first aid training. There are many courses you can go on to boost your skills. This is such a useful set of skills to have and there is truly no knowing when it might come in handy.

Be There for All the Kids

Nothing is worse than the parent volunteer who is there for their child and their child alone. If you are going to be spending a lot of time with your child’s team, you need to make sure that you care equally for all of them. Some of them might not be having a great time and a positive relationship with an adult can really help them out.

Have a conversation with your child about this so they know they are not being left out. If they are sent off by their coach for something they deem unfair, they might expect you as their parent to argue for them. Explaining beforehand that you are never going to do this will help to stop any resentment kicking in.

Being a parent volunteer might be a great opportunity for you to spend some more time with your children and see how they are getting on in their extracurricular activities. Treat this volunteer position like a job and make yourself the best candidate for the post.

Zara Jones is a valued contributor to various CosmoBC's blogs.

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