Online1-2-1 Friendship Mentor

Friends Action North East was established in 2004 in Newcastle Upon Tyne.  We are a local charity that supports and champions friendship for adults with a learning disability and/or autism. One of the things that we address in our model of supporting friendship is to reduce the impact that social isolation can have on people’s physical and mental health. Sustainable friendships and community connections can lower the risks associated with loneliness.

Online1-2-1 Friendship Mentor
This role is subject to change in the future in line with Covid-19 guidelines and social distancing rules/guidelines.  A one to one friendship mentor supports an individual with a learning disability and/or autism who has enrolled on to our program (friendship finder) to achieve their friendship goals. A mentor will be expected to meet online with their friendship finder once a week/fortnight helping them with their friendship goals, meet up online with existing friends or new people and engage in online FANE groups and activities.

A 1-2-1 friendship mentor is not a friend of befriender to the person they are supporting but a mentor who will support their friendship finder to make their own friends. You will need to clarify to your friendship finder that you are there to help, support them in finding a friend(s) and maintaining that relationship. As a volunteer you are not allowed to be Facebook friends with friendship finders on your social media.

Responsibilities:

·       Attend online general Friends Action Training, safeguarding and Health and Safety training

·       Attend an online safeguarding course with Newcastle City Council

·       Read Friends Action North East’s policies and procedures

·       Attend first 3 online meets at FANE to get to know their Friendship Finder

·       Meet up with their Friendship Finder online e.g. once a week or once every 2 weeks to work on their friendship goals

·       Help their friendship finder’s access online social group

·       Communicate effectively with the Mentoring officer and Volunteer coordinator

·       Work with their Friendship Finder on their Friendship goals outlined on their kick start plan

·       Complete a JOT form each time they meet up with their Friendship Finder online and say what has been achieved at that meeting.

·       Attend kick start plan reviews online

·       Attend volunteer reviews online

·       Carry a FANE mobile and always let FANE staff know where you are going with your Friendship Finder





About Friends Action North East

Friends Action is a Newcastle based charity that helps adults in Newcastle and North Tyneside with learning disabilities to develop, make and maintain friendships.

What skills do I need?

Someone who is able to carry out the following responsibilities:-

Responsibilities:

·       Attend online general Friends Action Training, safeguarding and Health and Safety training

·       Attend an online safeguarding course with Newcastle City Council

·       Read Friends Action North East’s policies and procedures

·       Attend first 3 online meets at FANE to get to know their Friendship Finder

·       Meet up with their Friendship Finder online e.g. once a week or once every 2 weeks to work on their friendship goals

·       Help their friendship finder’s access online social group

·       Communicate effectively with the Mentoring officer and Volunteer coordinator

·       Work with their Friendship Finder on their Friendship goals outlined on their kick start plan

·       Complete a JOT form each time they meet up with their Friendship Finder online and say what has been achieved at that meeting.

·       Attend kick start plan reviews online

·       Attend volunteer reviews online

·       Carry a FANE mobile and always let FANE staff know where you are going with your Friendship Finder


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Friends Action North East

Register your Interest

Quick Enquiry

Interests

  • Disability
  • Health and Social Care

Activities

  • Computers, IT and Websites
  • General Helping
  • Supporting People and Befriending

Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • Child Protection Policy (where relevant)
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
    Training: we will make sure that all volunteers are given and read the Covid policy and procedures. We will also have to make a volunteer covid-19 policy and procedure and one for social distancing/PPE as rules are relaxed and also undertake rigorous risk assessments. Attend an online meeting and interview Attend an online FANE induction training including a general induction, safeguarding training and Health and Safety training Attend an online safeguarding course with Newcastle City Council Attend online volunteer supervisions and placement reviews Read Friends Action North East’s policies and procedures. Complete a lone worker risk assessment
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 04/08/2020

End Date: 04/08/2021

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Availability Details

Volunteers will volunteer from home in this role. With support and guidance the volunteer will need to be able to work both under their own initiative and s part of a team. They will need to communicate effectively with the Volunteer Coordinator and the Friends Action North

Location

This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.