We are looking for volunteers who can provide a strong foundation to help strengthen their communities by helping Care Experienced children and young people engage in activities to build their skills and confidence and to be included, understood, respected, and valued in their communities.
The Youth Work Volunteer role will assist in providing and supporting activities for young people, providing supportive adults to ensure all children and young people can thrive and bring communities together. This role will involve driving young people to and from their group to ensure transportation is not a barrier o young people connecting to their group.
This role will involve interacting with primary aged young people through supporting and leading on a variety of activities e.g. arts/crafts/general youth work at our fortnightly sessions as well as at our National events that happen throughout the year.
Who Cares? Scotland is a people organisation. We invest in our people, our relationships and in a positive working culture. It’s important to us that our volunteer team is included, involved and motivated to change society.
We aim to recruit people with excellent qualities from a wide variety of backgrounds who share in our mission. We particularly welcome applications from individuals with care experience.
What will I be doing?
Picking up young people and driving them to the group and taking them back home.
Involved in the project from the planning stages and building the team
Supporting staff to plan & undertake activities
Supporting youth group sessions
Leading on activities & planning
Supporting young people’s sense of belonging and connection
Building community ties, ensuring Care Experienced people are welcomed within communities
Helping children and young people to have fun
Building children and young people’s confidence and self esteem
Being a positive role model
What skills can I bring to this role?
Full/Clean Driving License
Experience of working with children (Not essential)
A knowledge of issues affecting Care Experienced children and young people
Ability to work well with children and young people
Good communication and listening skills
Ability to encourage and motivate children and young people to participate in activities
What qualities do I need?
To have a non-judgemental approach to people, have empathy
Be enthusiastic, flexible, and committed
Reliable and approachable
Friendly, helpful, and understanding
Reliability and a commitment to treat all information in a confidential manner
To have a good value base, be open minded and level-headed
When will I be needed?
Crafty Foxes meets every second Tuesday 5pm – 6.30pm (8-12 years) Picking young people up will start from 4pm.
What will I gain from the role?
A sense of satisfaction in helping children and young people build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential
Practical experience of working with children and young people
Experience to get back into the workplace or education
What support will I be given?
Induction and child protection training
Role specific training
Expenses – all out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed
Supervision and support from your manager / coordinator
Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation, working with care experienced young people and care leavers across Scotland. We support care experienced people to have their voice heard and influence to make positive change within the care system.
Every second Tuesday 5pm – 6.30pm (8-12 years). Picking up young people starts from 4pm.
Experience required: - Full/Clean Driving License
- Experience of working with children (Not essential)
- A knowledge of issues affecting Care Experienced children and young people
- Ability to work well with children and young people
- Good communication and listening skills
- Ability to encourage and motivate children and young people to participate in activities
Travel details: Own car required - pick up/drop off of young people in and around North Lanarkshire
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Monthly mileage expenses reimbursed
Taster details: - Observation session
This opportunity is also advertised across North Lanarkshire.