ABOUT THE ROLE
A group volunteer is someone who, after a period of training and assessment, will provide support to young people on a 1: 1 basis or to the group as a whole at the Project’s group outings. The Project facilitates around 10 group outings per annum for socially isolated young people aged between 8 & 18, living in South Ayrshire.
This role is considered to be Regulated Work with children as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) (PVG) Act 2007. Accordingly applicants will be required to become a member of the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if already a Scheme member, prior to any formal offer of this role. Under Part 1, Section 34 of the Act it is a criminal offence to knowingly apply for Regulated Work if you have been barred from this type of work. If you wish further information on the PVG Scheme you can visit the Disclosure Scotland website at www.disclosurescotland.co.uk.
WHAT GROUP VOLUNTEERS DO
☻To participate where possible in monthly group outings &
volunteer support sessions (minimum of 4 per annum)
☻To be aware of the Project’s policies and procedures and adhere to them
☻To comply with Project’s administrative procedures
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
☻To attend and successfully complete Volunteer training course
held over 4 sessions
☻To become a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme
☻To commit to their role for a minimum of 6 months
☻To be sufficiently independent to meet travel requirements,
by walking, public transport or car
☻Be comfortable working on their own independently and in group settings
☻Be able to seek advice and support from Co-ordinator when necessary
☻To be non judgmental, respecting people’s differences
☻To have an understanding or awareness of some issues
faced by young people referred to the Project
☻To be able to focus on the needs of the young person
☻Be willing to participate in a broad range of activities
☻To be able to communicate well with others
TRAINING AND SUPPORT
☻New volunteers undertake a four week induction training & assessment period which consists of 4 x 3 hour sessions every week. Thereafter if matched on 1:1 basis volunteer sessions are offered on a monthly basis and comprise of a mixture of training, information and social events.
☻The Co-ordinators maintain regular contact with befrienders, meeting with them throughout their match every 6 – 8 weeks offering support advice and guidance where necessary. This continues throughout the volunteer’s involvement with the Project.
☻References can be given on request following successful 6 month commitment and fulfilment of role.
☻All out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.