Befriender

  • VO73709


Description

Volunteers provide 1:1 support to children and young people out and about in the local community to increase their confidence and improve peer relationships. Volunteers help involve children and young people in new activities, helping them to discover new interests that they will enjoy and participate in. We are adapting the role due to recent events and we are trying to utilise outdoor space as much as possible and follow guidelines for direct contact. PPE is available and provided to volunteers and we have risk assessments in place to ensure that volunteers are able to volunteer in a safe setting.

Barnardo’s and Action For Children work in partnership in Dundee to provide befriending opportunities in the local community.

Volunteers have the opportunity to befriend young people aged 16-25, living in Action For Children’s supported accommodation and out and about in the local community. Volunteers also have the opportunity to befriend children and young people from early years up to 18 in Barnardo’s Child and Family Support Service some of whom have additional support needs, siblings of those with additional support needs and those who have been affected by adverse childhood experiences.

Volunteers provide quality one to one time on a regular basis and are there to listen, to talk and support children and young people and to support access to local education, leisure and recreational opportunities Befriending activities vary according to service user need. They may take place out in the community or in supported accommodation. For example, some need support to go to an activity in the community; some just need someone to talk to one to one; some need help with daily tasks. Volunteers help service users build confidence, meet new people and support them with practical life skills

Organisation aims and objectives

Barnardo’s strives to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Barnardo’s vision today is that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination. We want to bring out the best in every child no matter who they are or what they have been through. We deal with various issues such as poverty, neglect, homelessness, bereavement, domestic violence and disability. We look at the bigger picture and strive for a better future for all children and young people. Action for Children supports disadvantaged children, young people and families across various services in the UK. Action for Children intervenes to stop neglect and abuse and also offer services to support children, young people and families with disabilities. AFC want to help support children, young people and families to fulfil their potential and make the most of their lives.

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The hours each week can vary but usually a commitment of 2 hours per session and usually weekly or fortnightly. The role, depending on the age of the child/young person can take place during the day, after school, early evening and weekends. We look for a volunteer to commit to a minimum of 6 months for this role to a maximum of 1 year.

Restrictions

Due to the nature of the volunteering role and the support needs of the children and young people we have 18 as the minimum age.
Experience required: Any previous experience working or volunteering with children and young people (and with additional support needs) would be helpful but not essential. We are looking for individuals who are motivated to work with children and young people and are reliable.
Travel details: The role takes place in Dundee. Travel expenses are reimbursed for public transport and mileage for this role.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: • Public transport costs reimbursed on production of tickets purchased • Mileage paid at 40p/mile and 45p/mile when carrying a service user-Petrol Receipts need to be provided when claiming • Dundee Boundaries only for public transport and mileage
Training details: Induction training consisting of various modules, for example: safeguarding and child protection, equality, diversity and inclusion, confidentiality, health and safety and professional boundaries. There is on-going training offered internally and externally when opportunities become available and there are specific information sessions to roles. All volunteers are provided with support during the induction process and when doing their volunteering by the volunteer coordinator and the key Project Worker connected to the family. Supervision is completed by the volunteer coordinator at the Barnardo’s office every 4-6 weeks (though support is available anytime). Barnardo’s and Action For Children do partnership working in Dundee and the training will be delivered by both organisations.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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Last updated 3 months ago

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