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The Children's Society

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A charity working with children and young people who are experiencing multiple disadvantage.

Refugee and Migrant Support Volunteer

This opportunity takes place between 28 Jul 2019 and 31 Mar 2020. Closing date for applications is 30 Sep.

Supporting the delivery of the MY-Place youth club, which runs weekly and provides play and educational opportunities for asylum seeking young people who are in the UK without family. We support young people aged 11-21 to access social, practical, emotional and advocacy support through our youth club, whilst also delivering craft, arts, sports and games to help create a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment. We work with a large team of volunteers to deliver this youth club, and it’s a fantastic team project – having fun whilst making a hugely positive impact on some of our local communities most vulnerable and marginalised children and young people. As a national charity, The Children's Society is able to offer specialist training for this role to ensure volunteers can develop an excellent understanding of safeguarding children and young people, as well as understanding of the asylum and immigration process and skills in supporting children and young people from diverse backgrounds. We also support volunteers to access wider training within The Children's Society wherever possible and encourage volunteers to access additional opportunities within the organisation to learn more about other areas of work within the voluntary sector (e.g. fundraising; policy and research; campaigns)

Hours per week

3

Hours details

Monday 5:30pm-8:30pm

Training available

Safeguarding Health & Safety Project Specific (supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children; trafficking and exploitation; professional boundaries; positive behaviours; etc) Access to range of online training (e.g. FGM, substance misuse, mental health and well-being)

Location

Coventry

DBS required?

Yes

Time commitment

Minimum of 6 hours per week

Support

Volunteers are supervised by a project worker throughout their time at the youth club and will receive regular supervisions through group and 1:1. Volunteers have access to a 24 hour counselling line to discuss issues arising in their lives, whether directly or indirectly linked to their role

Expenses

Weekly travel reimbursed up to £10 per session (receipts required)
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