Volunteers work in partnership with the schools. Pastors are not there to convert people, they are there to listen, care and help where they are needed. A school pastor cares for and supports a 'school community'. They promote safety and aim to reduce anti-social behaviour. Pastors help young people become good citizens. You need to be over 18 & have been in a church for 12 months and can provide a letter from a church leader. The role of the school pastor is also to work with pupils who are experiencing difficulties in some area of their school life. Pastors will work, build relationship and develop communication with pupils who are: disruptive in class, excluded from class, find it difficult to engage in the classroom or school or have other social issue. This is a role that will give people the experience of helping children, being involved in the education system, providing a buddy/mentor service. It is an ideal volunteer role for those who wish to pursue a future career in education, mentoring, classroom assistant, learning mento, youth work or to go into teacher training. It will give you an insight into the education system, some of the measures and resources provided to help young people stay in the school system and save them from exclusion. The aim of the school pastor is to engage with the pupils, identify their concerns and liaison with the chaplain, develop a way forward that will enable personal development and an enriched school experience. This support will help pupils from failing or dropping out of school. Once a relationship with a school is established School Pastors can be involved in all sorts of school activities and engage in school life.
Good listening skills, empathy with young people and knowledge of the school system would be helpful but not essential.
Applicants should be non-judgemental, passionate about helping young people and able to work well within a team. They should also be able to build positive relationships and good at listening. Experience of mentoring or youth work would be useful. This is a long term commitment and it is essential that volunteers can commit to the training.
Applicants will need to be DBS checked and can commit to the training and a minimum period to support this project. Must be part of a Church and a reference is needed. Volunteers can do 1 to 2 hours a week or 1 to 2 hours per fortnight