Young person’s group helpers
Barnardo’s is committed to providing ‘Better Outcomes for More Children’. Our children’s services volunteers help the charity to deliver essential services in local communities, providing support to over 300,000 children, young people and their families. This role provides a great opportunity to join our fantastic children’s services and help make a real difference.
Young Person’s Group Helpers work across a range of groups supporting young people during their transition from being a young person to an adult. Groups tend to focus on a specific group or need, such as Mental Wellbeing, LGBT+ Identifying Young people, employability or developing coping strategies.
We run 4 evening groups from Tuesday – Friday. Ideally a volunteer would arrive at 3.30 to help prepare the environment/food and leave once the session is over and a debrief has happened.
Our groups are a safe social space for young people to enable them to develop skills, self-confidence, explore who they are have fund with their peers. We use an informal education, groupwork model and a level of participation is expected from everyone.
We work with young people aged 10-19 in groups and also have an LGBTQ+ group.
About Barnardo's North Tyneside
Barnardo’s believes in children, no matter who they are.
What skills do I need?
Young Person’s Group Helpers are key to the success of our groups, as they help to ensure the smooth running of our groups and are able to provide structure for young people who may need additional support or encouragement to take part in group activities.
We are looking for volunteers with a passion for making a difference in children and young people’s lives, a fun and approachable attitude and an ability to engage young people in worthwhile and enjoyable activities.
All of our groups involve feeding young people so a food hygiene qualification or experience of cooking would be welcomed.
We are looking for volunteers who are reliable and punctual, as this is essential to the smooth running of groups.
We are looking for volunteers who are able to recognise that young people are in a transitional stage, so they are exploring their opinions of and place in the world. Social skills, a sense of humour, a willingness to muck in to general tidying after session and relationship building skills are all essential to this role! Volunteers need to be trustworthy and willing to represent Barnardo’s. Volunteers will need to install an app on their phone. An ability to adhere to Barnardo’s safeguarding, child protection and boundaries policy is essential.
- Age restrictions
Over age 21.
- Child Protection Policy (where relevant)
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Paid at 40p per mile with a cap of £10 per day.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
A debrief is done after every face to face session to ensure that the volunteer can pass on any information, share observations and has a full understanding of the aims of the particular session or overall work with group.
- Training provided
We always pass on training opportunities to volunteers, this includes child protection core 1 module, first aid and C-card.
- Volunteer induction
Minimum 18 hours training. Session times to be negotiated.
- Volunteer Policy
- Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 22/12/2021
End Date: 22/12/2022
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