Missing from home – Mentor Volunteer

Catch 22 Published: October 18, 2017
Location
Cheshire
Opportunity Type
Category
Posted By
EPNAVCO
Benefits
Fresh Start
Skill
Role Specific
Activities
Counselling
Suitable for under 18s
No

Description

Reporting to: Volunteer coordinator and Local Missing form Home caseworker.
Location: Posts available across the Cheshire area. Locations and times to be agreed with Volunteer coordinator. This will mainly involve evenings and school holidays. We ask for at least 2 hours commitment per week.
Purpose:
To be a positive role model for young people, to be empathetic and have a desire and commitment to want to enable young people to fulfil their potential.
To be there for young people who have previously ran away from home, to listen and support them through various difficulties that they are facing in their lives. To give support and encouragement motivating young people to find alternative choices to running away and to engage them in positive activities. The outcome would be a reduction in the number of times a young person goes missing.
Volunteers Will:
• Have time, enthusiasm and a willingness to fulfil the volunteer commitment.
• Be able to relate to young people and develop positive relationships with them
• Be accepting, honest and non-patronising when working with young people
• Be able to listen with empathy
• Be open to learning and show a commitment to self-development
• Be able to communicate with a range of people
• Be punctual and reliable
• Be confident working on own initiative as well as part of a team
• Have an awareness of the issues facing young people in society.
• Have an awareness of issues relating to confidentiality and data protection
• Show a commitment to the Health and Safety and Equal Opportunities
policies under which the project operates.
• Be willing for Criminal Records Bureau checks to be undertaken
• Be able to supply two satisfactory references

Volunteer duties:
• To support and engage an identified young person in a positive activity on a weekly basis.
• To record and offer feedback on young peoples development within the team of Missing From Home Caseworkers.
• To attend and participate fully in the initial and on-going training which will include topics related to young people running away.
• To attend group support/supervision meetings and review performance through informal appraisal systems.
• To complete paperwork, accurately and within an agreed timescale, relevant to the service for monitoring purposes.
• To inform relevant local and organizational safeguarding teams if the young person is being harmed or is causing harm to others.
• To follow relevant policies and procedures as laid down by the project in the delivery of your role.
• Be committed to the service for a reasonable amount of time that being a minimum of 2 hours per week over 3- 9 months.
• To understand and show a commitment to the Equal Opportunities, Data Protection and Confidentiality Policy of Catch22.

Catch22 provides training to enable volunteers to undertake this work. All volunteers are subject to Criminal Records Bureau checks. Whilst all volunteers are subject to Criminal Records Bureau checks, previous convictions will not necessarily preclude individuals from volunteering

Only registered members can apply for opportunities.

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