Football Volunteer – Guildford

Big Leaf Foundation provides support to displaced young people through regular projects and activities that focus on combating social isolation, building a safe and welcoming community, improving health and wellbeing and providing opportunities to learn and develop new skills. These activities include weekly football sessions in Guildford and Redhill.

● Actively participating in sports sessions with young people and building trusted work relationships.
● Support the coaching team and Sports Programme Manager to ensure the smooth running of each
activity delivered.
● Understand your responsibilities in regard to safeguarding and data protection and use this to inform your work with BLF – identifying and responding appropriately to safeguarding and protection issues arising during sports activities.
● Maintain confidentiality and clear boundaries in all aspects of the role.

● A passion for sports and facilitating activities for young people.
● Good interpersonal, diplomacy and teamwork skills.
● Ability to use emotional support skills in a calm and responsible manner.
● Caring, supportive, helpful, with non-judgmental attitude and able to instill/maintain confidence.
● Able to work as part of a team.
● Good English skills in person, by phone, and writing are desirable.
● Good awareness of safeguarding issues.
● Enhanced DBS certification (child workforce) or willingness to undertake DBS check.

Mission Statement

Big Leaf Foundation is a small charity working with displaced young people in Surrey. Our aim is to provide a nurturing programme of activities, projects and events that focus on combating social isolation and improving wellbeing for the young people we support.

The experience of arriving in a new country is, for many young people, overwhelming and incredibly difficult. They are often cut off from everything that is familiar to them, leaving them vulnerable to loneliness, isolation, anxiety and boredom. Our founders saw an opportunity to change their situation and help them feel a sense of inclusion within a network of their peers and the wider community. We want to engage the young people we work with to be excited about the opportunities available to them, and to value their unique talents and abilities so that they can rediscover their potential and move forward with renewed optimism.

We want to support and empower these young people to know that they are more than the status they have been given and help them find their place within their local community