Purpose and Aims of the role:
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 Community Schools volunteer role will work alongside our innovative and energetic Clackmannanshire Who Cares? Scotland project team and will lead and support on educating and raising awareness of Care Experience to Secondary School pupils and all school staff through assemblies, PSE sessions and drop-ins.
Community Schools Volunteers will help to raise awareness of Care Experience, work towards ending stigma and injustice that Care Experience people can face and be part of influencing transformational change. This role will help build community strengths for Care Experienced people and provide social networks to help build resilience and positive outcomes for children and young people.
Would you like to share your skills and experience to help ensure young people understand the lives of Care Experienced young people and the challenges they can face?
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?
Learning about rights, legislation and policy which relates to issues faced by Care Experienced people.
Learning about creative methods of sharing personal experiences.
Observing others sharing personal experiences.
Learning and supporting ways to educate Secondary school pupils and school staff on Care Experience to influence change.
Contributing to, and leading presentations and discussions through assemblies, PSE sessions and drop-ins, with staff support.
Building relationships with teachers and schools through delivering this work.
Helping to reduce stigma for Care Experienced young people within schools.
Being a positive role model.
Helping young people to have fun
Supporting staff to undertake 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.
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?
What will I gain from the role?
A sense of satisfaction in raising awareness and promoting positive change in schools.
Experience of working alongside an influencing team.
Knowledge of Government/ Corporate Parenting roles and policies.
Practical experience of working in a team.
Experience working with school pupils and staff.
What support will I be given?
Role specific training and information
Expenses – all out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed
Supervision and support from your key staff and Volunteer Officer.
Group supervision/peer support sessions with other volunteers and staff delivering education inputs
For all roles involving regulated work with children and young people, applicants will be required to submit a PVG Scheme Record or a PVG Scheme Record Update application.
You can register your interest on our website - when you follow the link to Apply Now.
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.
2hrs per week/fortnight
Experience required: -A knowledge and understanding of issues affecting Care Experienced people.
-Ability to work well in a team.
-Ability to work in a school setting.
-Good communication and listening skills.
-Ability to encourage and motivate others to participate in activities.
-Strong presentation and facilitation skills.
-The ability to work with large groups
Travel details: All Travel Costs Reimbursed
Minimum age: 18
Expenses details: All out of pocket expenses reimbursed
This opportunity is not listed at a specific location but is advertised across Clackmannanshire.