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Barnardo’s: Plymouth Young Carers Support

Barnardo’s is looking for volunteers who have a passion for making a difference in Plymouth Young Carers’ lives.

Type: Befriending / Companionship

Location: All of Plymouth

Barnardo’s protects, supports and nurtures the UK’s most vulnerable children. We help hundreds of thousands of children, young people, parents and carers via our 800+ services across the UK.

Barnardo’s is looking for volunteers who have a passion for making a difference in Plymouth Young Carers’ lives, with a fun and approachable attitude and an ability to support young people on a one-to-one basis and in group activities.

Barnardo’s helps children through the trauma of sexual abuse and exploitation. We provide support for young people in care – and we don’t forget about them when they leave the care system. We give children caring for a loved one the help and support they deserve.

And that’s not all. Our specialist workers support families through domestic abuse, mental health problems, prison sentences, asylum seeking and much more.

We also amplify the voices of young people to influence Government on the issues that affect their lives, fighting their corner and making sure their voices are heard.

The scale of what we do may be big and complex, but our aim is simple – to provide the best outcome for every child, no matter who they are or what they have been through.

The skills you need include:

  • Reliable, punctual and trustworthy.
  • Approachable and welcoming.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • Being passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, young people and families.
  • Preferably have some experience of working with children and young people.
  • The ability to empathise with and support children and young people who may be facing difficult times in their lives.
  • Awareness of factors impacting on and issues facing children and young people (e.g. disadvantage, poverty, disabilities, health conditions including mental health).
  • Being non-judgemental and positive in their attitude to working with individuals from different backgrounds.
  • The ability to manage and respond positively to challenging situations.

The Role

Barnardo’s is committed to providing ‘Better Outcomes for More Children’. Our children’s services volunteers help the charity to deliver essential services in local communities, providing support to over 300,000 children, young people and their families. This role provides a great opportunity to join our fantastic children’s services and help make a real difference.

Plymouth Young Carers supports young people aged 5-18 who care for a family member with either a mental health problem, physical disability, learning disability, long term illness, or substance misuse problem.

Barnardo’s Children’s Group and Individual Supporters work with young carers on a group and individual basis, to build their self-confidence, skills and positive relationships. The group or individual support could be focused on a particular need, such as confidence building or developing coping mechanisms, or it could be more focused around achieving specific goals, such as building community networks or accessing further education.

Young Carers Groups currently run weekly during term time. The service also runs holiday activity days for young carers, where volunteer support would also be beneficial. Individual support sessions to young carers would require a minimum commitment of 1-3 hours every week or fortnight.

What you will be doing:

  • Supporting children and young people in both group settings and on an individual basis to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Building positive relationships with children and young people.
  • Assisting with group activities, which take into consideration age, abilities and interests of members.
  • Setting up group activities in advance and clearing away afterwards. This might include preparing refreshments/snacks, organising the layout of the room, preparing resources and tidying the room after the group.
  • Meeting with individual children and young people on a regular basis to provide additional support to assist them in working towards positive goals.
  • Assisting children and young people to improve their self-confidence, develop social skills and build positive relationships.
  • Encouraging children and young people to access resources, groups and activities within their local community, such as after school activities, youth groups, and sports clubs.
  • Role modelling positive behaviour and interactions during group and one-to-one sessions.
  • Supporting children to have their voices heard on decisions that affect them.
  • Collating and evaluating feedback from children and young people.
  • Adhering to Barnardo’s policies and procedures at all times, including Barnardo’s: Safeguarding; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Health & Safety; Data Protection; Confidentiality; Recording policies and procedures.
  • Participating fully in training and supervision.
  • Volunteering within Barnardo’s Basis and Values.

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