REPORTING TO: Domestic Abuse Lead Worker
TIMES AGREED: Minimum of 2 hours per week
Catch22 Domestic Abuse Volunteers provide practical support children and families affected by Domestic Abuse. The role is varied and interesting; you will volunteer alongside key workers. Initially the role will support staff with group work within an art based therapy setting. Additional work may lead to opportunities to assist the case workers with tasks such as joint home visits, group work, training, mentoring, phone calls and contributing to case recording and outcomes data.
Catch22 aims to provide volunteer opportunities that meet the needs of both the service and the people we work with so volunteer opportunities are varied and can involve practical tasks.
• Engaging with young people with complex needs.
• Engaging with individuals affected by Domestic Abuse.
• To attend and participate in induction and ongoing training.
• To develop an understanding of the affects of domestic abuse on children and families
• To help create an art based therapy group for young people affected by Domestic Abuse.
• Work creatively with team to develop new and innovative projects.
• To attend group support/supervision and team meetings.
• To be matched with an identified service and attend on a regular basis.
• To carry out the role in line with relevant policies and procedures.
• To actively develop a supportive relationship with young people, families and staff.
• To make the necessary practical arrangements in conjunction with the role.
• To inform the Volunteer Coordinator about any issues of concern.
• To assist children, young people and families to both recognise and celebrate their achievements.
• To complete any necessary paperwork/records required by the service.
• To support the monitoring and evaluation of service delivery.
• To adhere to Catch22’s Safeguarding Policy, Confidentiality Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Diversity and Equality Policy, and all others as relevant
QUALITIES AND SKILLS REQUIRED BY THE ROLE:
• Good listening and communication skills and a commitment to supporting children, young people and families are useful.
• No specific experience is necessary, as training will be given on all aspects of the role and additional shadowing sessions will be arranged.
• To be punctual and reliable in order to deliver a professional service and report any absence to your line manager at the earliest opportunity
• Enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in alongside the young people and families are vital.
• A willingness to travel to agreed locations in the area. Catch 22 will cover all travel costs, but cannot transport volunteers to agreed locations.
• All applicants will be required to provide two referees and complete an enhanced DBS disclosure (Criminal Records check). These will all be taken up before volunteers are fully accepted onto the scheme.
• Full training is offered, and attendance at training is part of the application process.
All applicants will be offered the chance to shadow existing volunteers or members of staff once they have completed their training.