Who Cares Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC026076

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.


Current opportunities

We are looking for committed 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 assist in providing and supporting activities for young people, providing supportive adults to ensure all children and young people can thrive and bring communities together. This role will involve interacting with young people primary aged 6-13 years through supporting and leading on a variety of activities eg, arts/crafts/sports/general youth work at our fortnightly 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. Who Cares? Scotland is a people organisation. We invest in our people, our relationships and in a positive working culture. It’s important to us that our volunteer team is included, involved and motivated to change society. Due the importance of building and maintaining relationships we are looking for someone who can have a long term commitment to supporting our group. We aim to recruit people with excellent qualities from a wide variety of backgrounds who share in our mission. We particularly welcome applications from individuals with care experience. What will I be doing? * Supporting staff to undertake and plan activities * Leading on activities * Supporting Care Experienced young people’s sense of belonging and connection * Building community ties, ensuring Care Experienced people are welcomed within communities * 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? * 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 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 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 * Experience to get back into the workplace or education * Have fun! What support will I be given? * Volunteer induction and child protection training * Role specific training and additional training opportunities * Expenses – all out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed * Supervision and support from your volunteer co-ordinator

• You will be picking up young people and driving them to the group; Supporting staff to plan & undertake activities; Supporting youth group sessions; Supporting young people’s sense of belonging and connection; helping to build children and young people’s confidence and self esteem; Being a positive role model • Skills Required: • Full/Clean Driving License • 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 • To have a good value base, be open minded and level-headed • Ability to encourage and motivate children and young people to participate in activities

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 Location East Ayrshire 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 • Self-development • 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 Additional Information 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: volunteering@whocaresscotland.org

Purpose and Aims of the role Bright Stars is an ongoing, fortnightly group based in Kilmarnock that supports young care experienced people. This is a vibrant and dynamic group that provides a wide range of activities and opportunities for its members. As we continue to develop, we would particularly like to hear from potential volunteers who have an interest in sports and/or arts and crafts. Perhaps you have a passion for inspiring others, a background in or a passion for art or maybe a love for all things sport related. If so then we would love to hear from you. By bringing your skills and experience to the group, you will bring something new and be able to contribute your own ideas and help plan new activities. In the wider aspect of the role, you will assist in providing and supporting activities for young people, including day trips and at Who Cares? Scotland events. Who Cares? Scotland is a people organisation. We invest in our people, our relationships and in a positive working culture. It’s important to us that our volunteer team is included, involved and motivated to change society. We aim to recruit people with excellent qualities from a wide variety of backgrounds who share in our mission. We particularly welcome applications from individuals with care experience. What will I be doing? • Involved in the project from the planning stages and building the team • Supporting staff to plan & undertake activities • Supporting youth group sessions • Leading on activities & planning • Supporting young people’s sense of belonging and connection • Building community ties, ensuring Care Experienced people are welcomed within communities • 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? • 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 What qualities do I need? • To have a non-judgemental approach to people, and to 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 When will I be needed? • Regular groups and events, as well as planning meetings. • Groups will be held fortnightly, on Wednesday 4.30-6pm