Volunteer Support Workers work alongside other Motiv8 staff to provide group activities to young people aged 9 to 19 in a range of settings.
This role is based within our Gosport team, and as a volunteer support worker you would be providing assistance to the core staff team in delivering an alternative programme of education to young people from a range of schools. As such we have a range of options..
– Mainstream schools – working one day a week with a group of Year 8/9 students in order to help them better engage in school and improve outcomes over the course of a 10 week programme.
– Pupil Referral Unit – working two days a week with a group of students who have been excluded from mainstream school. These young people are referred to us for the entire academic year and complete a certificate in vocational education.
– College – working with the local college with learners over the age of 16 who might struggle with a full college course, and aim to prepare them for life in college or other opportunities for progression.
We are looking for volunteers to commit up to 6 hours per week, ideally for a period of one school term or over 10 weeks (depending on group). Groups run Monday – Friday, availability can be discussed at interview which may affect which group you are allocated to. Basic training will be provided
Volunteer Youth Support Workers will:
- Attend initial and on-going training to develop an understanding of the role and the responsibilities, and boundaries of a volunteer youth support worker.
- Agree to support activities on a regular basis for two or three hours per week.
- Support the planning, development and delivery of group based activities.
- Recognise and celebrate achievements made by young people.
- Adhere to Motiv8 Policy & Procedures, with a particular focus on Safeguarding, Confidentiality, Equal Opportunities and Health & Safety.
- Ability to form positive and supportive relationships with young people.
- Have good communication skills, particularly when engaging young people.
- Able to work effectively as part of a team.
- Be non-judgmental in your approach.
- Have a clear understanding of appropriate boundaries when working with young people.
- Be reliable, punctual and dependable.
- Able to commit to regular sessions for a set period.