Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Advert for Youth Work Volunteer

“TRAIN exists to improve the life opportunities of children and young people in Didcot and surrounding areas, especially those who are in need, disadvantaged or vulnerable, by empowering them to make informed decisions, attain stability, and become
integrated members of society.”

 

Therefore, if you possess values & behaviours which:

  • Demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for the charity and its vision, and have a capacity to motivate and empower others to empathetically achieve agreed goals.
  • Show compassion, caring and sympathy/empathy for young people.
  • Demonstrate some understanding of the troubles faced by young people.
  • Have an appreciation of volunteerism and volunteer culture and supporting and nurturing.
  • Show a willingness to volunteer for a charity with multiple stakeholders and able to be respectful to the needs of all.
  • Prove satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced with list checks

 

…then we might be the organisation you are looking for!

We are looking for volunteers to help support our youth work.

Mainly our detached programme.

“Detached Youth Work is a model of youth work practice, targeted at vulnerable young people, which takes place on young people’s own territory such as streets, cafes, parks and town centres at times that are appropriate to them and on their terms. It begins from where young people are in terms of their values, attitudes, issues and ambitions and is concerned with their personal and social development. It is characterised by purposeful interaction between youth workers and young people and utilises a range of youth and community work methods”

 

Other information

You will be given an induction and training at the start of working with TRAIN and given a Probational period for 3 months.

You will also be expected to complete an enhanced DBS check and application form for working as a volunteer for TRAIN.

Key aspects of the role:

  • To participate in planning detached youth work sessions with the Youth Worker and Young People
  • To assist the Youth Worker in facilitating the detached sessions with the Young People
  • To demonstrate listening skills and support young people in accessing TRAIN.
  • Consistently follow our Policies and the Safeguarding Policy, ensuring that you feed any concerns up to the Youth Worker.

Skills required

Essentials

  • Be able to work dynamically and think fast on the go, as youth work plans sometimes are not well-received by young people and we have to think of alternatives fast.
  • Able to respect confidentiality
  • Capacity to solve problems and learn new skills
  • Commit to a weekly session on Mondays 6pm till 9:30pm or/and Tuesdays from 7pm-9.30pm and/or Fridays from 5.30pm-8.30pm.
  • Commit to at least 6 months.
  • To have a passion to work with and help young people in need.
  • Listening skills and a non-judgmental attitude towards young people.
  • Attend a one-to-one meeting with a Youth Worker once every month.
  • To value and practice good team work.
  • An ability to empathise with young people at risk.
  • Treat all young people with respect and dignity.
  • Work within our Health and Safety guidelines and Policies for working with young people.
  • To attend essential training to help with development.
  • Attend a one-to-one meeting with a youth worker every month.

 

Desirables

  • Around 2.5 hours per session.
  • To attend the team meeting once a term team (Detached Volunteers and Youth workers)
  • To assist on occasional residentials and trips out with the young people.
  • Previous experience of working with young people at risk.
  • To attend additional training which would be beneficial to your role as a Volunteer for TRAIN

 

The above are all desirables but we don't expect everyone to meet these points.

There is flexibilty about the 3 hour sessions but we do require the person to volunteer for at least a year, because detached youth work can take time to build relationships and this can take up to 6 months to a year.

Please fill in our application at http://goo.gl/TnX7vg