“It takes a village to raise a child” (African proverb) – this has been our inspiration. We love to equip and empower members of the community to be part of supporting our families. Would you like to be part of our village? We are a diverse group of locals of varying ages and backgrounds.
Voluntary work can be so good for our own wellbeing – research led by Jump shows that ‘volunteering is associated with higher levels of wellbeing, better general health and fewer mental health problems’.
Our success so far is mostly due to the team effort and the time our amazing volunteers invest in the services. Our Volunteers have varying skills and experience and come from all walks of life but the common thread is a passion to see our young people and their families supported and cared for through the ups and downs of adolescence. It’s wonderful to be part of seeing a young person reach their potential and overcome adversity whether that is by direct or indirect support. We need volunteers to work face to face with those referred to us as well as those who can help with admin, finance, fundraising etc. We have volunteers that offer anything between 1 hour a week to a couple of days a week.
Voluntary Mentors – our mentors work directly with a referred young person in a one to one situation. Training is given before the Mentors start working and regular development sessions are offered to continue to improve skills but also to offer supervision and support. Experience in working with teenagers is helpful but not essential. Listening skills, empathy and a big heart are essential – the rest we can teach you! There are also opportunities to get involved in delivering group work.
Counsellors – We have a team of qualified counsellors who offer more specialised support and are always looking to expand this team. We can also offer placements to those in training.
Parent Support Workers – For this role we are looking for people with experience in social care, family support services or similar. We offer parents one to one sessions, sometimes alongside mentoring for their child but not always and are hoping to offer parenting courses and support groups in the near future.
Administration – We are always looking for support behind the scenes, a lot can be achieved in a short time! This mostly involves working from home supporting the Directors Team and those in co-ordinating roles. We also need help with book keeping and finance admin.
Fund Raising – We are looking for people to organise fund raising events and initiatives and a volunteer to assist with strategic funding applications.
If you are interested in any of these voluntary roles please get in touch with us for further information or to start the application process.
When I signed up to being a Mentor, I thought I was just doing my bit for the community. It’s actually one of the best things I’ve ever done and I look forward to catching up with the lads I work with in school and helping them make better choices for themselves. Simon Varney – Mentor
Being a mentor is so much more than simply guiding a young person. It is definitely a two way street, I have learnt so much from my mentees and they continue to amaze me with their resilience in the face of adversity. Lindsay Alden – Mentor