Make-A-Wish UK grants life changing wishes to children with
critical illnesses. A wish gives a desperately ill child and their family time
away from the daily struggles of living with a serious condition. Since 1986,
Make-A-Wish has turned the wishes of more than 12,000 seriously ill children
into realities- creating memories to treasure forever, whatever the future may
We are looking for friendly and reliable volunteers who have
great listening skills and experience of working with families and children.
You’ll be visiting children who have been referred to us, at a time that suits
them-and helping them to unlock their wildest imagination to discover their One
You’ll be calling the family to arrange your visit, and then
liaising with another Wish Visitor volunteer to set a date.
You’ll prepare for the visit and do everything you can to
ensure that it’s the best possible experience for the child.
During the visit you’ll use a variety of tools and
techniques, which will inspire the imagination of the child and help you
discover their One True Wish.
After the visit you’ll write a summary report of the child’s
wish and any other relevant details.
From time to time,
you may be encouraged to support the granting of a wish in your area.This may
include providing your local knowledge for venues, services etc. It may be
helping coordinate activities or you may actually get a chance to be there on
the day itself.
You will be expected to complete relevant training and
ensure that you keep up to date with Make-A-Wish updates and any changes within
our Wishgranting process.
You’ll keep your Volunteer Manager up to date with any
significant issues, changes or successes and will be encouraged to keep in contact
with your fellow Wish Visitors in your area also.
Desirable Skills and Experience:
Ability and confidence in talking to children
Committed and a desire to put the needs of the family first
Intuitive ability to react to a family’s situation
Empathetic, tactful and respectful
Excellent listening and communication skills
Written communication skills with the ability to accurately
reflect the words and wishes of children
Recognise the importance of confidentiality
Be able to maintain professional boundaries
Be reliable with a degree with flexibility
Being abreast of popular trends with children and young
Have access to a car or local good transport links and be
willing to attend wish visits within a 30 mile radius of your home address
Access to the internet and confidence in using it as well as
being a proficient user of Microsoft Word
Competencies: Passion, Communication, Flexible
Days/Times required: As a wish visitor you’ll carry out at
least 3 wish visits a year- you may have the opportunity and choose to do
considerably more! Wish visits can last anything between 30 minutes and 2
hours. Outside of the visit itself you’ll also need to make time to contact the
family to arrange the visit and to write the report afterwards. You will also
need to factor in travel time. You’ll need to be flexible as visits are
arranged at times convenient to the family- this could be a weekday, evening or
weekend- so the more flexible around timings you are the better.
Location: You will be home based but visiting children,
young people and their families within a 30 mile radius of your home.
Must be over 18 years old.
Training will be provided.
Should you be successful in your application, you’ll be
required to attend training in Belfast on Saturday 19th January 2019