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:
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.
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?
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 . . .
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
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.
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
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