Participation Support Volunteer:
Purpose and Aims of the role
Would you like to help Care Experienced children and young people engage in activities to build
their skills and confidence and engage in their local community? Who Cares Scotland is running a new group in Kilmarnock called Bright Stars and has a fantastic opportunity for the right person.
The Participation Support Volunteer role will assist in providing and supporting activities for young people.
This role will involve interacting with young people school age through supporting and leading
on a variety of activities e.g. Arts, crafts, performing arts, sports and general youth work at our
fortnightly sessions as well as at our National events that happen throughout the year.
You do not need to be Care Experienced for this role, but we are as always interested to hear from
applicants with Care Experience. This role includes working with children with assisted needs and will require a full PVG background check.
What will I be doing?
• Supporting staff to undertake activities
• Supporting youth group sessions
• Leading on activities
• Contribute ideas and attend planning meetings
• Supporting young people’s sense of belonging and connection
• Helping children and young people to have fun
• Building children and young people’s confidence and self esteem
• Being a positive role model
• Working with young people who have additional support needs
What skills can I bring to this role?
• Experience of working with children (Not essential but preferred)
• Understanding of supporting young people with additional support needs
• 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
• A knowledge of arts and experience with performance (not essential)
• A knowledge and interest in sports based activates (not essential)
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
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
• Reliability and a commitment to treat all information in a confidential manner
• To have a good value base, be open minded and level-headed
• Adaptable to change
When will I be needed?
• Fortnightly group meeting Wednesday's early evenings
• Additional planning meetings
What will I gain from the role?
• A sense of satisfaction in helping children and young people build their confidence
and self-esteem to achieve their full potential
• Practical experience of working with children and young people
• Building relationships withing the local community
• Have fun!
What support will I be given?
• Induction and child protection training
• Role specific training
• Expenses – all out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed
• Supervision and support from your manager / officer
For all roles involving regulated work with children and young people, applicants will be required
to submit a PVG Scheme Record or a PVG Scheme Record Update application. This
opportunity is subject to the completion of satisfactory references and successful registration on
the PVG Scheme.
The Bright Stars have been running since October 2022 and with this role you will help us to
develop the group further
There is no closing date.
To discuss this role please contact us at:
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.
Minimum age: 18