Befriender/Mentor

  • VO58626


Description

Our organisation provides support to Youths, youth care leavers & Children and Families in the local community.

Our Children and families centre is suited to the local community they serve providing the best place to help families flourish.

We make sure we include everyone and encourage parents to participate. We see the best results for children when more individuals pull together, putting their energies, skills and time into a child's development and well-being.

We know every family is different, and we tailor our approach to each one. We take a 'whole family approach', developing a relationship that works for the individual needs of each family member and child, taking care to listen and value everyone's needs.

We help under-fives get ready to start school. Children need social and communication skills to do well when they start school, and early years services are crucial. We provide extra support services such as play sessions, speech therapists, health intervention and parenting programmes.

We partner locally with health visitors, midwives and other professionals to ensure we have a huge pool of resources, knowledge and experience to make sure we provide the best places to help families flourish.

Our housing options team provides independent living skills to young people aged 16-21 years who are homeless, been a looked after child transitioning into independent living or who have additional needs. Volunteers are matched as befrienders/ mentors with interested young people to further assist with the development of life skills, social skills and encourage the young people to become more independent.

The volunteers may attend an appointment, undertake an activity with the young person such as organising their flat, have an evening in the young person’s flat cooking a meal or helping them decorate their new flat in the community.

Volunteers have also assisted during outdoor activities and on outings and day trips or have supported young people to watch a football match or go to the gym.

Organisation aims and objectives

Our vision Our vision is that every child and young person has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive. We put children at the heart of everything we do. That includes our mission and values. They’re our blueprint for the way we work. Our mission · We protect and support children and young people by: · Providing practical and emotional care and support · Ensuring their voices are head · Campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives Our values · We’re passionate about all children having a safe and happy childhood. · We’re ambitious for children and young people. · We collaborate internally and externally with other organisations to get the best outcomes for children. · We're inclusive, and strive to ensure that all children are included.

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We would expect all volunteers to be aware of the level of commitment involved. A couple of hours a week for six months would be advisable.

Restrictions

Experience required: Experience required: Previous voluntary experience is desired but not essential as training is required. It is essential that the volunteer wants to support young people. The volunteer also possesses the following attributes: Patience, good listening skills, knowing when to contribute and when to hold back, and the ability to show compassion.
Travel details: Both sites are on bus routes with buses coming frequently. Both are walking distance from the city centre.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Training details: Initial interviews are held before the training commences. The training courses will be provided to equip you with all the appropriate training to take on your role and support the young people appropriately. Once the training is completed there will be support sessions with the volunteer coordinator.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 6 months ago

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