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Volunteer Mentor for Missing from Home team

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Can you help to empower a child or young person to grow and gain confidence? Could you support a child who is at risk of going missing from home?

Greater Manchester Missing from Home team have funding from the National Lottery to support children and young people who are at risk of going missing or have been missing from home. The core purpose of our Volunteer Mentors is to provide guidance and support to these young people and assist them to engage in positive activities such as the gym or bowling. The young people we assist sometimes have complex or additional needs, which could range from disability to substance misuse. This is a rewarding role and you will be part of a friendly team providing you with support and ongoing supervision. These children will have had six session of work completed through the Greater Manchester Missing Service around keeping safe, prior to having a volunteer. 

The key activities of the role will include: 

  • Building a relationship with a young person 

  • Scheduling meet-ups with the young person, completing different activities such as going for food, playing football at the park or going to the cinema. 

  • Listening to them and their views, supporting them with any issues and encouraging the young person to engage with other services, as appropriate. 

  • Communicating any safeguarding concerns with the Volunteer Co-ordinator or relevant agency (children’s social care, police) as appropriate. 

  • Recording case records of each contact with a young person and communicating this with the volunteer co-ordinator.

 

What are we looking for?

To be effective in this role, we ask that you:

  • A volunteer would need to be committed to working with a young person for at least three months, but ideally six months. Meeting with a young person would be in the early evening (after school) or at weekends) and would be at least every two weeks but this would be agreed between yourself, the young person and volunteer coordinator. 

  • Are able and willing to adhere to The Children’s Society’s policies and procedures at all times, particularly in relation to health and safety, safeguarding and safe practice, and confidentiality.

  • Attend mandatory training as discussed with the Volunteer Coordinator. 

  • Are able to effectively support and build a relationship with a young person in a non-judgmental way and are able to be patient and a good listener.

 

What can we offer you? 

  • Full induction into your role and The Children’s Society including training covering safeguarding, risk assessments, building a relationship with a young person and the role of a volunteer mentor. 

  • On-going support and guidance from your volunteer manager including regular one-to-one supervision 

  • Access to a broad range of online learning modules and courses 

  • Recognition of your commitment and achievements 

  • A reference once you have been involved with us for a period of time 

  • Reimbursement of reasonable expenses 

  • The opportunity to gain an understanding of the issues facing vulnerable young people and to make a positive difference to their lives 

  • The experience of volunteering within a national charity and within a frontline service supporting vulnerable young people. 

We would ask volunteers to commit to 3 to 6 months to meet with the child or young person. Children are likely to be in the Greater Manchester area but we would match volunteers, taking area into consideration. You do not need any qualifications, we will provide full training for this role and you will have regular support and supervision from the Volunteer Coordinator.

This is an ongoing role and we will continually recruit volunteers for our young people, so please submit your application as soon as possible. Following receiving your application, if successful you will be invited to an informal chat to discuss the role further with the Volunteer Coordinator.

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Required Role

Volunteer Mentor for Missing from Home team

Key responsibilities

The key activities of the role will include: - Building a relationship with a young person - Scheduling meet-ups with the young person, completing different activities such as going for food, playing football at the park or going to the cinema. - Listening to them and their views, supporting them with any issues and encouraging the young person to engage with other services, as appropriate. - Communicating any safeguarding concerns with the Volunteer Co-ordinator or relevant agency (children’s social care, police) as appropriate. - Recording case records of each contact with a young person and communicating this with the volunteer co-ordinator.

Desirable Skills

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Creative and design
  • Initiative
  • Listening
  • Mentoring and counselling
  • Non-discriminatory
  • Non-judgemental
  • Office IT (Word, Excel etc)
  • Positive attitude

Skill to gain

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal
  • IT, Computers and Web Skills
  • Listening
  • Mentoring and counselling
  • Non-discriminatory
  • Non-judgemental
  • Positive attitude
  • Practical
  • Problem solving

When can you do this role/Calendar

Minimum commitment level: One month

Start Date: 04-03-2020

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