What our volunteers have said about the Innovations project
“I recommend anyone who has even just a small bit of time to spare each week to consider this opportunity to have an acute impact on some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities”.
“Training has been really interesting, challenging and well delivered. It has given me a chance to meet participants from across Hampshire”.
“I now have a clearer understanding of the role that Hampshire County Council children's services play in safeguarding young people across the county”.
“I know that I have very good support and back-up from the staff members of the Innovation Volunteers team - if I need assistance or answers, I know whom to ask”.
A range of services and interventions, including mentoring, will be offered to support young people aged 14 to 17, who are at risk of entering care. The Mentor will provide independent support and mentoring.
Hampshire and IOW Children's Services believes some young people aged 14 to 17 can be diverted from becoming Looked After by The Local Authority. Often a combination of factors, lead to family breakdown and the need for care.
A package of interventions and support will be offered to include:
Positive activities for young people. Support Workers to coordinate the support and work alongside the young person to help them engage in activities. Family Support. Short Breaks A volunteer mentor
Face to Face meetings are likely to take place in a variety of local settings to be agreed between the young person volunteer and volunteer coordinator and may include schools, youth clubs, cafes etc. It is anticipated that most of the mentoring activity will take place during Monday to Friday day time and early evening, there may occasionally be the need to offer mentoring support at weekends.
- Work with the volunteer coordinator to agree a match to young people.
- Attend an initial meeting with the young person and support worker to agree the type and frequency of support to be offered and agree ongoing meetings and support.
- Discuss and agree information sharing with the young person and support worker.
- Meet with the young person and deliver the on-going support agreed.
- Support the activity programme attended by the young person through for example attending presentations, supporting attendance.
- Record and share information as agreed.
This opportunity is Monday to Friday 9-00 to 5-00pm
Volunteers may work with more than one young person at a time (depending upon the time they are able to offer).
Training and support will be provided therefore previous experience is not essential. We are seeking volunteers who feel able to:
Communicate and ensure people, with varied levels of ability, understand information.
Build and maintain positive relationships with young people
Listen and remain calm and impartial when dealing with young people.
Basic computer skills, literacy.
Personal internet access.
Respect differing views of individuals and work in a non judgmental way.
Respect confidentiality and the agreed information sharing process.
Have the confidence to report concerns to their Volunteer Coordinator.
Be able to describe their role and maintain professional boundaries.
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Training provided
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Expenses reimbursed
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Written role description
- Volunteer induction
- Ongoing support
- Health and Safety Policy
When can I volunteer?
End Date: 06/08/2018
This opportunity is available Countywide.
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