Participation Support Volunteer (Youth Work) - Edinburgh

  • VO91660


We are looking for volunteers who can provide a strong foundation to help strengthen their communities by helping Care Experienced children and young people engage in activities to build their skills and confidence and to be included, understood, respected, and valued in their communities.

The Participation Support Volunteer role will work alongside our innovative and energetic Edinburgh project team, supporting to raise awareness of Care Experience and supporting activities for young people, providing supportive adults to ensure all children and young people can thrive, bringing communities together.

This role will involve interacting with young people aged 5-17 through supporting and leading on a variety of activities e.g. arts/crafts/sports/general youth work at our fortnightly/monthly sessions as well as at our National events that happen throughout the year. This role will help build community strengths for Care Experienced people and provide social networks to help build resilience and positive outcomes for children and young people.

You do not need to be Care Experienced for this role, but we are as always interested to hear from applicants with Care Experience.

What will I be doing?
• Supporting staff to undertake activities
• Leading on activities
• Supporting young people’s sense of belonging and connection
• Building community ties, ensuring Care Experienced people are welcomed within communities.
• Building relationships with local schools through delivering this work.
• Helping children and young people to have fun
• Building children and young people’s confidence and self esteem
• Being a positive role model

What skills can I bring to this role?
• A knowledge and understanding of issues affecting Care Experienced people.
• Ability to work well in a team.
• Ability to work in a school setting.
• Good communication and listening skills.
• Ability to encourage and motivate others to participate in activities.
• Strong presentation and facilitation skills.

What qualities do I need?
• To have a non-judgemental approach to people, have empathy.
• Be enthusiastic, flexible and committed.
• Reliable and approachable.
• Friendly, helpful and understanding.
• A commitment to treat all information in a confidential manner.
• To have a good value base, be open minded and level-headed.

Organisation aims and objectives

Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation, working with care experienced young people and care leavers across Scotland. We support care experienced people to have their voice heard and influence to make positive change within the care system.










Frequency and commitment details



Experience required: Experience of working with children (Not essential) A knowledge of issues affecting Care Experienced children and young people Ability to work well with children and young people Good communication and listening skills Ability to encourage and motivate children and young people to participate in activities To have a non-judgemental approach to people, have empathy Be enthusiastic, flexible, and committed Reliable and approachable Friendly, helpful, and understanding
Travel details: Venue tbc - some groups will take place in schools
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Expenses paid monthly
Training details: Induction, Child Protection and ongoing training

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