Independent Visitor Volunteer opportunity within Targeted Youth Support
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Closing date: 31.03.2019 | Location: The headquarters for supervision, training and support of the visitors will be Wombwell IKIC Young People’s Centre, Barnsley Road , Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 8HT.

The Opportunity:

We are looking for a volunteer to:
 
Be a friend / advocate to a child or young person who is looked after by the Local Authority where it is thought to be in their best interests and where they have limited / no access to their own family members.

To provide opportunities for children and young people to develop positive, meaningful, long term relationships with adults.

To work in partnership with the local authority while maintaining the independence necessary to this role.

To undertake training and development relevant to the nature of the role and to safeguard and protect young people.

Skills and qualifications required:

• Good measure of life skills and experience
• An understanding of children and young people in society
• An understanding on the impact of discrimination on individuals.
• Good communication with children and young people
• Ability to promote the safety and welfare of young people
• Ability to receive and accept support and guidance
• Ability to understand the circumstances of looked after children
• Sensitivity to the needs and wishes of the child / young person
• A commitment to children’s rights and welfare
• Reliable and punctual

All of the above skills, abilities and qualities are essential to the volunteer position. On successful application, the volunteer will be supported to attend training and development opportunities to further their skills, knowledge and personal development.

Hours: There are no set times / hours. Each visitor is expected to meet up with a young person at least once per month for a minimum of a couple of hours, excluding travel time.

Duration of the opportunity: Placement matches between young people and adult volunteers are ideally long term matches unless there is a breakdown in the relationship. Matches can last up to 10 years in the most successful circumstances and will support a young person through key transition points in their life.

Location: Independent Visitors will not have a formal base as the role involves meeting with young people at a time /place convenient to them and organising activities together. The role will have a small budget for the mentor and the mentee to pursue activities and interests, as well as covering the cost of mileage and expenses.

It is envisaged that mentors will meet with mentees approximately once per month however, this may fluctuate dependent on the nature of their relationship and how it develops over time.

For more information and an application pack please email Julie Hammerton on juliehammerton@barnsley.gov.uk

The headquarters for supervision, training and support of the visitors will be Wombwell IKIC Young People’s Centre, Barnsley Road , Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 8HT.

The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults and expects that employees and volunteers share this commitment.  Volunteer opportunities are provided in line with the Council’s ‘Working with Volunteers’ policy and procedure.  

Due to safeguarding implications, volunteering opportunities for this project are not available to those aged under 21 years.
Vacancy Description
Closing date: 31.03.2019 | Location: The headquarters for supervision, training and support of the visitors will be Wombwell IKIC Young People’s Centre, Barnsley Road , Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 8HT.
 
The Opportunity:

We are looking for a volunteer to:
 
Be a friend / advocate to a child or young person who is looked after by the Local Authority where it is thought to be in their best interests and where they have limited / no access to their own family members.

To provide opportunities for children and young people to develop positive, meaningful, long term relationships with adults.

To work in partnership with the local authority while maintaining the independence necessary to this role.

To undertake training and development relevant to the nature of the role and to safeguard and protect young people.

Skills and qualifications required:

• Good measure of life skills and experience
• An understanding of children and young people in society
• An understanding on the impact of discrimination on individuals.
• Good communication with children and young people
• Ability to promote the safety and welfare of young people
• Ability to receive and accept support and guidance
• Ability to understand the circumstances of looked after children
• Sensitivity to the needs and wishes of the child / young person
• A commitment to children’s rights and welfare
• Reliable and punctual

All of the above skills, abilities and qualities are essential to the volunteer position. On successful application, the volunteer will be supported to attend training and development opportunities to further their skills, knowledge and personal development.

Hours: There are no set times / hours. Each visitor is expected to meet up with a young person at least once per month for a minimum of a couple of hours, excluding travel time.

Duration of the opportunity: Placement matches between young people and adult volunteers are ideally long term matches unless there is a breakdown in the relationship. Matches can last up to 10 years in the most successful circumstances and will support a young person through key transition points in their life.

Location: Independent Visitors will not have a formal base as the role involves meeting with young people at a time /place convenient to them and organising activities together. The role will have a small budget for the mentor and the mentee to pursue activities and interests, as well as covering the cost of mileage and expenses.

It is envisaged that mentors will meet with mentees approximately once per month however, this may fluctuate dependent on the nature of their relationship and how it develops over time.

For more information and an application pack please email Julie Hammerton on juliehammerton@barnsley.gov.uk

The headquarters for supervision, training and support of the visitors will be Wombwell IKIC Young People’s Centre, Barnsley Road , Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 8HT.

The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults and expects that employees and volunteers share this commitment.  Volunteer opportunities are provided in line with the Council’s ‘Working with Volunteers’ policy and procedure.  

Due to safeguarding implications, volunteering opportunities for this project are not available to those aged under 21 years.