Opportunities throughout Staffordshire
Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as an Mentor.
- Work on a one to one basis with children and young people aged 11-25 years for up to 56 hours (14 x 4 hour sessions)
- Meet the child every fortnight, outside of school hours, at weekends or school holidays for up to 4 hours.
- Offer problem free time away from their issues, motivational support and guidance
- Engage with the child in recreational/educational and interesting activities to open the child to new experiences to achieve their set goals.
What you can expect
- Participate in meetings to set goals and targets for the mentoring work.
- Provide emotional and practical support to the child. Giving them good sound appropriate advice.
- Selecting your weekly activities with the child, working within your set budget.
- Complete plans for each session you have together and email them to your volunteer coordinator on a monthly basis.
- Speak with the parent/carer when dropping child back home, focusing upon the positives of the child’s behaviour, so the child can hear good things being said about them.
- Feedback any concerns you may have about the wellbeing of the child to your volunteer coordinator or project manager asap.
- Attend monthly supervision sessions with your volunteer coordinator
What we can offer:
- Gaining valuable social care experience, working with children and young people with additional needs
- Wonderful opportunity and very beneficial for students or people looking to study and work in the social care sector.
- Learning about how best to support children living in difficult situations, whilst being fully supported in your practice.
- Improving your employability skills for future employment
- Improving your confidence to work with children and their families
- Being actively involved in your local community
- Meeting new people, making new friends
- Gaining a sense of pride and self-worth and feeling good about just 'giving something back'
Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works.
Staffordshire Community Support has been providing short break services throughout Staffordshire for almost 20 years enabling over 1000 young people to enjoy positive experiences away from home. Through developing effective relationships we have developed a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the issues parents/carers face and our mission is to work collaboratively to support children and young people accessing our services.
We are commissioned by Staffordshire County Council through the Aiming High programme to support young people with SEND needs living in Staffordshire. We currently provide a 1:1 support service to work with a child or young person towards a specific target or outcome and a range of groups throughout the county.
Lifeskills and Independence is the provision of 1:1 support to children and young people with SEND, to enable them to attend existing groups and activities, independently of their parents and carers, to help them progress and achieve their potential in areas which we have agreed with young people and families.
The service is for children and young people aged 11-25 and they are eligible to access up to 56 hours support 14 x 4 hour sessions (8 hours per month) and we have been working towards some of the following outcomes with the young people:-
- Independent travel training
- getting out of the house to reduce isolation
- improve social skills and socialise with friends,
- explore volunteering opportunities
- learn how to budget and shop independently
gain confidence to access your local leisure centre
and start a new sport or learn a new skill.
Our groups are for children and young people aged 0-18 years and we run regular swimming groups, sensory groups, funday groups, school holiday activities and groups for teenagers.