Mentor/Befriender (Barnardo's NI)

Causeway Coast & Glens

About the Service: 

“Choices” is a family support service in the Northern Trust area. We support families by working with young people aged 10-17 who are referred due to concerns at home, in school or in the community and by working with their parents. The service aims to help young people think through the life ‘choices’ they make.

Purpose of the Role:

You will befriend or mentor vulnerable young people. This will begin by getting to know them, taking a genuine interest in them and building a relationship with them. At times there is the opportunity to assist paid workers with group work.

Key Activities

Meet up, chat, and hang out! The key activity is mentoring which will involve unsupervised contact. The specific activity will be whatever the volunteer and young person feel comfortable with. This could be having a coffee, going for a walk, bowling . . . There may also be opportunities for group work.

What’s in it for me?

 You can make a difference to a child’s life experience and be someone they will remember as having been a positive part of their childhood. This is likely to be individual to each volunteer – a way of ‘giving back’, a ‘taster’ for a career in social work, a way of enhancing a CV, building up skills . . .

Attitudes/Skills/Knowledge required:

 It is essential you enjoy being with young people and that you are a good ‘listener’. When working with young people this means not judging people, not wanting to get your ‘spoke’ in on everything and being prepared to listen to the uniqueness of each child’s experience of growing up. There are valuable skills in this . . . but ‘attitude’ is the key.

Period of Opportunity:The role is on-going but volunteers must complete the mandatory 10-week preparation course -

Commitment: Hours: Flexible Days: Flexible Frequency: Flexible Minimum Commitment: 6 months

With Whom: Except when helping out with group-work, the role involves ‘lone-working’. There is always a paid staff member or line manager on-call to answer queries. Generally volunteers are placed with just one young person at a time.

Support, Supervision, Training: Full induction training including safeguarding, health and safety and equality and diversity 10-week (2 hours per week) preparation training Monthly supervision (one-to-one or as a group) once placements have been allocated and introductions made

Expenses: Travel expenses may be claimed in line with Barnardo’s policy and procedures.

Disclosures: Enhanced disclosure with barred list check Please note that it is an offence for any person on the Barred List to apply for this position which involves regulated activity Restrictions on who can volunteer:

This role is only open to those aged 18 years and over

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