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Publication - Report

Scotland's first adoption activity day: evaluation

Published: 1 Dec 2016
Part of:
Children and families, Communities and third sector
ISBN:
9781786526236

Findings from October 2015 event organised by Scotland's Adoption Register.

26 page PDF

616.7kB

26 page PDF

616.7kB

Contents
Scotland's first adoption activity day: evaluation
12. The volunteers

26 page PDF

616.7kB

12. The volunteers

'I was impressed at the professional thought and organisation that went into each event. There was professional children's event organiser plus storyteller etc. The children were enabled to participate through dressing up (as well as the adults), keeping it child centred. There were goody bags to take home and the children seemed well supported by their carers and social workers. The timing worked well.'

Comment by a volunteer

'I think any event that will help a child find their forever family is positive. It's an emotive day charged with ethical dilemmas but with the right planning (as evident on the day) can work well for children.'

Comment by a volunteer

12.1 The volunteers had a key role in freeing up the adults attending, to enable them to focus on the children. They provided constant supplies of tea/coffee snacks etc. and help practically in setting up and clearing away afterwards.

12.2 They were also alert to the children's needs and intervened where necessary. The majority of comments were very positive, some commented that event could be overwhelming for some children, especially the younger ones.

12.3 The volunteers had mixed opinions on the dressing up by adults. The volunteers commented on aspects of the organisation, especially reception which they felt slowed down people coming in and there needed to be a larger area for reception issuing of badges etc.

12.4 The need for a quiet area was suggested by several respondents, especially for children with special needs who didn't like noise. The large hall was thought to be too big and too noisy by some volunteers.


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