The Children’s Society East is looking for volunteer mentors
Do you have a passion to work with children and young people and want to gain valuable experience within this sector?
We are seeking volunteer mentors to plan and participate in positive sessions with children and young people who are affected by parental substance misuse or that have been involved in substance misuse.
The role is to support young people to identify and reach their goals whatever they may be: For our older young people it may be helping them engage with education, training or employment and for the younger children it may be supporting them to join a group or club.
The opportunities currently available are:
- Volunteer mentor for the Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team (CHHAT)- click here for more information on CHHAT
- Volunteer mentor for the Choices service (with our Essex Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service) - click here for more information on Choices/EYPDAS
For more details on the role please see the description below:
- To safely plan, support and participate in positive mentoring sessions with children and young people.
- To develop and maintain good relationships with children, young people, parents, carers and professionals.
- To support children and young people to make informed choices about the activities they wish to participate in.
- To record case notes and provide risk assessment information to CHHAT Senior Practitioner/Choices Worker.
- To participate and help facilitate group work programmes with the Project Workers.
- To clearly record each positive session and the cost incurred.
- To share safeguarding concerns with Project Workers and Senior Practitioner at the earliest opportunity.
- To participate, where possible, in training opportunities to develop competency and improve service delivery.
The skills and qualities required to be effective in the role are:
- No qualifications are required as full training will be provided, but experience or knowledge of working with young people would be an advantage.
- The ability to engage and develop positive relationships with young people and families from a variety of backgrounds and to communicate in a non-judgemental, tactful and sensitive way at all times.
- Reliable and able to manage your own time effectively.
- To have an awareness of (or willingness to learn about) the factors that contribute to young people’s risky behaviour and/or involvement in substance use or misuse, and an awareness of the effects of a family member/carer’s substance use on a young person/family (training will be provided).
- A basic understanding of substances and their impact on individuals and their families, or a willingness to learn (training will be provided).
- Good problem-solving skills and ability to use your own initiative when appropriate.
- Ability to write clear and succinct case notes.
- Good knowledge of local community resources e.g. leisure activities, community centres, youth clubs, job centre.
- Be committed to work to a high standard that is set within clear and agreed boundaries that enable them to meet project and organisation targets.
- Co-operate well with the Mentor Coordinator and colleagues and responds positively to suggestions and feedback.
(Please note: if you have difficulty meeting these conditions because of a disability or family circumstances, the Mentor Coordinator will discuss it with you in order to consider reasonable adjustments to the role).
The minimum level of commitment required is half a day (4 hours) per week; days and times negotiable upon offer of placement. We are also able to work with employers around placement/experience opportunities.
You would be required to participate in and successfully complete the volunteer training programme. One-to-one and group supervision are provided.
What we can offer you:
- Full induction to your role and The Children’s Society
- On-going support and guidance from your volunteer coordinator
- Training and access to a broad range of e-learning
- Access to in-house training on Child Sexual Exploitation, Hidden Harm & substance misuse
- The ability to get involved in other opportunities
- Reference once you have been involved with us for a period of time
- Reimbursement of reasonable expenses
You will receive training in the following areas:
- Health and safety
- Mentoring and group work
If you are interested in volunteering please click this link to download the application form.
Completed forms should be sent for the attention of:
The Children's Society East
114 Springfield Road