Activity Buddy - Elgin

  • VO75766


Description

What will I be doing?

Aberlour Options Moray offer a safe, homely environment for children to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. Activity Buddy Volunteers are part of ensuring a child’s stay is fun, enjoyable and interactive. Activity Buddy Volunteers support in-house activities, such as arts and crafts, board games, playing in the garden, or baking, and encourage children to participate. Adventure Buddy Volunteers support staff to plan, prepare and run activities, and can engage with children in a group or on a 1:1 basis.

The impact you can make

Being away from home on a short break can be a daunting experience for children, but Activity Buddy Volunteers can play a key role in ensuring their stay is positive and enjoyable. Activity Buddy Volunteers can help children feel relaxed and confident to take part in activities. By taking part in an activity together, volunteers can motivate and reassure children, and form trusting relationships.

The benefits for you

Activity Buddy Volunteers gain valuable experience of working with children with disabilities, and understanding the needs of a child visiting for a short break. Every child is individual, and volunteers will learn to adapt to the needs of different children. As an Activity Buddy, volunteers can develop their own skills and confidence, while being part of a supporting and engaging staff team.

Activity Buddy Volunteers typically support either in-house activities, day-trips or outings once a fortnight.

Organisation aims and objectives

Aberlour is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity and we provide help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year. Our aim is to help those children most in need, working with as many children and families as our resources allow in the areas of: • Children and families affected by disability • Children and families affected by drugs and alcohol • Young People at Risk • Parent and Child Development Our mission is to improve the lives of Scotland's children and young people. The Trust shall have the following Charitable Purposes (the Charitable Purposes): (a) to provide, maintain and promote care, accommodation, support, training and/or services for: (i) children and young persons who are in need of care, protection, assistance and/ or training; (ii) in exceptional circumstances, those who were previously children or young persons assisted by the Trust who remain vulnerable and/or disadvantaged and therefore remain in need of care, protection, assistance and/ or training; and (iii) vulnerable and/or disadvantaged adults whose assistance by the Trust will provide care, protection and/or assistance to children and young persons; and (b) to provide, maintain and promote education, training, consultancy, research and information: (i) for the beneficiaries listed in (a), as may be required to meet their specific educational and physical needs; (ii) for current and prospective individuals and agencies involved, whether through the Trust or otherwise, with issues relating principally to the types of beneficiaries listed in (a); and (iii) for members of the public generally and decision-makers about the activities of the Trust and issues arising therefrom.

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Frequency and commitment details

Volunteers may be required during weekdays and/or weekends. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required for this role.

Restrictions

This opportunity is subject to the completion of satisfactory references and successful registration on the PVG Scheme.
Experience required: Volunteers can bring a range of skills and experience, including: • A passion and enthusiasm for engaging children in activities and supporting them to have new experiences • Experience of working with children • A knowledge of issues affecting children with disabilities • Good communication and listening skills • Experience of building confidence and self esteem • A genuine interest in the well-being of children
Travel details: Our service is based in Elgin.
Minimum age: 16

Support

Expenses paid: Yes

Last updated 6 months ago