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Coventry Carers Trust HOFE

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We are a charity run business. We support and advise people who are unpaid carers for family, friends or...

Young Carers Support Volunteer

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

We require volunteers who are passionate in supporting young people to reach their full potential. We are looking for fun, enthusiastic and vibrant volunteers to assist with age-appropriate activities and sessions.

Carers Trust Heart of England – Young Carers Service supports young people aged 5-18 years old in Coventry who help to care or look after a family member, friend or neighbour who has a disability, a long term illness, mental health illness, Autism/ADHD or someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

We support Young Carers by providing emotional support, arranging trips, youth clubs and life skills sessions which gives them a break and tools to manage their caring role.

Responsibilities
Depending on the need, responsibilities may include supporting staff with

  • Running Youth Club activities, life skills sessions and events, both virtually and face-to-face (in accordance with social distancing and the latest Government regulations)
  • Moderating group activities and events on virtual platforms e.g. Zoom, Discord, etc.  
  • General preparation and tidying up associated with the group events (when face-to-face groups are running once more)
  • Reporting any safeguarding concerns to Activity Worker
  • Encouraging young carers to participate in events/activities/sessions and fostering good peer relations
  • Ensuring the safety and comfort of young carers during events/activities/sessions

 Skills & Qualities

  • Outgoing, friendly manner
  • Effective verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with young people
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Flexible approach
  • Ability to work with people of all ages
  • Open-minded and non-judgmental approach

Training

We offer a comprehensive Volunteer Induction, followed by appropriate training to allow you to carry out the role.

Times and Commitment
There is a degree of flexibility with regards to time, depending on the nature, and frequency, of the activity being carried out with young carers. However, it would be helpful if you could commit to volunteer for a minimum of 6 months.

Please note, this post is subject to a successful interview and a DBS check.

Hours per week

2 per week

Hours details

Flexible

Training available

Training will be provided.

Location

At home or the Penny Collard Centre (when safe to do so)

DBS required?

Yes

Benefits to self

1. Online training will be provided which can be included on CV 2. Expenses will be paid for i.e. phone credit 3. Up to date references 4. Opportunity to help in a time of national crisis 5. Practical experience of working with Young Carers aged between 5-18

Benefits to others

1. Help children reach their full potential 2. Empower Young Carers by helping with activities designed to encourage their educational and social development 3. Foster good peer relations between Young Carers, especially at this very isolating time.

Time commitment

Flexible, but ideally six months.

Support

Support from Volunteer Coordinator/Young Carers Team.

Expenses

Expenses are paid.
  • ProfessionsEvents, Health, Online Volunteering
  • People & CommunitiesChildren, Young People

Employability skills

  • Transferable Skills 0
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