About the opportunity
Children’s Services believes some young people aged 14 to 17 can be diverted from becoming looked after by the local authority. Often a combination of factors lead to family breakdown and the need for care, therefore a package of interventions and support will be offered to include:
Positive activities for young people.
Support Workers to coordinate the support and work alongside the young person to help them engage in activities.
A volunteer mentor.
Young people may have a range of professionals working with them. It is recognised however, that having someone impartial to talk to and offer support can make a difference to self esteem and engagement.
Volunteers will form part of the package of interventions to help prevent young people entering care. Supported and supervised by a Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers will be matched with young people and offer one to one support. This is likely to include: face to face meetings, supporting them to attend meetings, appointments and activities and telephone support. A crucial aspect will be the ability to build positive relationships which allow young people to feel listened to and supported and continue as long as needed.
Face to face meetings are likely to take place in a variety of local settings to be agreed between the young person volunteer and Volunteer Coordinator and may include, for example, schools, youth clubs and cafes.
Tasks and duties
- discuss and agree information sharing with the young person and support worker
- meet with the young person and deliver the ongoing support agreed
- support the activity programme attended by the young person through for example attending presentations, supporting attendance
- record and share information as agreed
Volunteers will receive full training and will be supported during their volunteering by one of Hampshire’s locally based Volunteer Coordinators. Volunteers will have access to support and advice while mentoring a young person, including at evenings and weekends.
All volunteering expenses, including mileage and parking, will be paid.
The amount of support each young person requires will vary depending upon their needs. Volunteers will need to be able to commit to a minimum of four hours a week and be able to offer ongoing support to a young person. The amount and timing of support to each young person will be discussed and agreed at the initial matching stage.
Volunteers may work with more than one young person depending upon the time they are able to offer.
Who we are looking for
We are seeking volunteers who feel able to:
- Communicate and ensure people, with varied levels of ability, understand information.
- Build and maintain positive relationships with young people.
- Listen and remain calm and impartial when dealing with young people.
- Record information.
- Respect differing views of individuals and work in a non judgmental way.
- Respect confidentiality and the agreed information sharing process.
- Have the confidence to report concerns to their Volunteer Coordinator.
- Be able to describe their role to individuals and their families while maintaining professional boundaries
How to apply
To find out more, please email your name and contact details to
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