Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as an Mentor/ Befriender.
- Work on a one to one basis with a child/young person up to 21yrs old.
- Meet the child/young person regularly for 1h+ weekly.
- Offer independant living support or be a friendly face, offer time away from their issues, and deliver motivational support and guidance
- Engage with the child/young person in recreational and interesting activities to open the child/young person up to new skills and assist them to achieve their set goals.
What you can expect
The volunteers may attend an appointment, undertake an activity with the young person such as organising their flat, have an evening in the young person’s flat cooking a meal or helping them decorate their new flat in the community.
Volunteers have also assisted during outdoor activities and on outings and day trips or have supported young people to watch a football match or go to the gym.
Spending time with a child supporting them to recreational activites; swimming, art class, take them to the park to play.
What we can offer:
- Gaining valuable social care experience, working with children/ young people and their families
- 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/ young people 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/ young people and 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.
We aim to reduce homelessness with young people by providing a range of interventions
We aim to reduce homelessness with young people by providing a range of interventions, including housing advice, conflict resolution, education in schools, group work and support for the individual young person.
We offer a general counselling and support service including befriending, advising on food preparation, reminding and non-specialist counselling where this does not overlap with similar services provided as personal care or personal support.
Our service is assist young people, between the ages of 16 - 25, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
We aim to provide;
- A welcoming and accessible service that respects and values young people as individuals
- A professional, non-judgemental and confidential way in a safe and comfortable environment
- Work in partnership with young people and where appropriate their families, employers, organisations and individuals
- Provide information and guidance to encourage young people to make informed healthy decisions