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Young Lives vs Cancer: Peer Support Organiser

Young Lives vs Cancer is looking for a Peer Support Organiser to join its South West Social Care Team to organise and maintain its programme of peer support events in Plymouth.

Type: Emotional / social support, Event Volunteering

Location: All of Plymouth

Young Lives vs Cancer is the charity that helps children and young people (0-25) and their families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them.

Young Lives vs Cancer is looking for a Peer Support Organiser to join its South West Social Care Team to organise and maintain its programme of peer support events in Plymouth.

When a child is diagnosed with cancer it threatens everything, for them and their family. At a time when they should be busy being children, enjoying their rollercoaster teenage years or finding their feet at uni, life becomes full of fear.

Fear of treatment, but also of families being torn apart, of overwhelming money worries, mental health stretched to breaking point, of having nowhere to turn, no one to talk to.

The Role

The Peer Support Organiser role is a great opportunity for someone interested in event management, youth work, social care or community engagement.

You’ll be fully supported throughout your role and have regular supervision and opportunities to make the role your own and seek out development opportunities.

At Young Lives vs Cancer, we are the charity that helps children and young people (0-25) and their families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them. One of the ways we do that is by running peer support events and we’re looking for a volunteer who can join our South West Social Care Team to organise and maintain our programme of peer support events in Plymouth.

Meaningful and supported opportunities to meet and mix with peers who understand what you are going through and a chance to meet face to face with the Social Work team is such an important part of the service we offer.

As a Peer Support Organiser you will organise and execute engaging and social peer-to-peer events every six weeks. Over the past two years we’ve had to pause our face-to-face peer support work and we’re ready to bring it back. For many young cancer patients in the South West this will be the first chance many of them have had to meet face to face. It’s a big deal and we’re looking for a volunteer to join the team to help make it happen.

The event programme is a six-week cycle – so we aim to run one event every six weeks. Events should be inclusive spaces where everyone belongs. In this role you will plan, organise and coordinate events. That includes:

  • You’ll be based in Plymouth. This will be from your own home for planning and organising but you do need to be based in the Plymouth area in order to be able to manage the event. Researching and identifying locations where events can be held, communicating with the venue about arrangements.
  • Part of the role will be sending out invites so writing accurate and interesting event briefings for young people attending and Social Workers attending is vital.
  • You’ll need to be confident in approaching conversations with new people, that includes speaking directly with service users about arrangements, and confidentially approaching venues being direct about our requirements
  • You’ll have an understanding of the experience of our service users and the intuition to capture important information that may need passing onto Social Workers and TYA Clinical Nurse Specialist – during your induction and training we’ll support you with this
  • You’ll have strong relationship management skills, the ability to make people you are talking to feel at ease and supported.
  • The programme commits to running a face-to-face event every six weeks so we estimate you’ll need to volunteer for around three to four hours per week, with some additional time on the week of the event should you wish to attend.

At Young Lives vs Cancer, we recognise that opportunities for too many people remain a condition of their race, class, sex, disability, sexual orientation – or a combination. This has never been acceptable to us as an organisation. At Young Lives vs Cancer, we do not just accept difference — we value it, we celebrate it, we nurture it, and we thrive off it.

We positively welcome your application irrespective of your background. We are on a journey, and if you join us, you will be part of a community that is committed make a difference to the lives of children and young people with cancer.

Please complete the form below to apply and the team will be in touch shortly.

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