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Group Work Volunteer (Barnardo's NI)
Location Causeway Coast & Glens

The Young Carers Service offers support to children and young people aged 8-18 who live with someone at home with an illness, disability, mental health issues and addictions. Being a young carer can affect all aspects of a child’s development, including their emotional and physical health, social relationships and educational attainment. Our peer support group programmes offer children the opportunity to meet with other young people who are experiencing similar difficulties.

Purpose of the Role:

You will be supporting staff in the delivery of Peer Support Group-work programmes to help children to feel less isolated, give them the opportunity to talk about their experiences within a supportive environment and enable them to develop coping strategies to manage their circumstances and keep safe. The service also provides respite away from their caring duties and a chance to have fun.

Key Activities:

  •  supporting group leader with the organisation and delivery of group sessions.
  •  facilitating ‘small group’ activities within the group
  •  providing individual support to identified children
  •  transporting a child who otherwise could not attend
  •  helping organise games and activities
  •  preparation or collection of food for children

Why Volunteer?

You will gain experience in: working with vulnerable children; team-working with professional staff; planning and delivery of group-work programmes; using a variety of work methods applying agency policies and procedures as appropriate (training will be provided in areas such as Child Protection)

Attitudes/Skills/Knowledge required:

  • Experience of working with children or young people
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children and organise child-focused activities
  • A non-judgemental approach to supporting children and families 
  • Capacity to work within Barnardo’s policy and procedures, eg Confidentiality, Child Protection, Complaints
  • Knowledge/skills in areas such as sports, games, art, or music would be useful. •
  • Driving licence and access to a car (preferred)

Period of Opportunity:

The group-work programme normally runs for a period of 8 weeks approximately 3 times per year in various locations. A volunteer would need to be able to commit to one session per week for 8 weeks plus some planning and review time. Some group work programmes take place on a 5 day week basis over the summer period. Residential weekends (Fri pm to Sun pm) are arranged 2-3 times per year.


Hours: afternoons and /or evenings Days: flexible Frequency: 1 session of 2-3 hours at least twice a month Minimum Commitment: 6 mths

Support, Supervision, Training:

 Induction training will include Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Equality and diversity. There will be opportunities to attend other training events relevant to the role. On site support will be given by the group co-ordinator and by other team members as appropriate.

 Expenses: Travel expenses are offered in line with Barnardo’s policy and procedures

Checks/Disclosures: This role requires an enhanced disclosure with barred list check Please note that it is an offence for anyone on the Barred List to apply for this role which involves regulated activity

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