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* Aberdeen Priority Families

Our Vision

Aberdeen Priority Families Service adopts a whole family approach to supporting and enabling families with multiple and complex needs to improve their life outcomes.

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* Amaryllis Housing Scheme - Cobblers Crt

Our Vision

 

Our Service provides supported accommodation for homeless young people ages 16-24

 

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.

 

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.”

 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Mentor
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* Helping Families Stay Together

Our Mission

Helping families stay together services, deliver a county wide service of immediate, short, medium- and long-term family support, including a bespoke therapeutic service for up to a maximum of six months.  

The services work with an age range of 0-18-year-old (up to 25years for young people with a disability or care leaver) and their immediate and extended families.

We are committed to improving the lives of children and their families. Ensuring that they have access to every available opportunity to seek and make positive long-lasting changes.

The children and young people we support face the most difficult problems in life. Some don’t have the basics, from the love and care of family to regular routines such as mealtimes or the guidance that all children need to grow to be healthy adults. Others have to overcome physical or emotional challenges that hold them back. We help these children to fulfil their potential by providing services to support their individual needs. We succeed in helping children and young people to overcome difficulties at an early stage to tackle problems before it’s too late.

Through our work and through speaking out, we seek to break the cycle of deprivation. We challenge injustice and empower children to overcome the obstacles in their lives that hold them back. We tailor our work to local circumstances, in partnership with children and young people, families, communities and local organisations.

We work with children and young people:

  • whose families need support
  • who cannot live with their birth families
  • who experience severe difficulties in their lives.

Our values

Passion - we are driven by our desire to help children and young people overcome injustice and disadvantage
Equality - we believe all children and young people have equal worth and equal rights
Hope - we believe in a child or young person's potential, no matter what they have experienced or what they have done

General Interests

Mentoring

Come and be a volunteer mentor for us!

Location- Northamptonshire

Can you:

 

Work alongside one of our experienced family support workers to mentor a young person or parent, based on their identified needs.

 

Provide a listening ear and guidance to parents and their children

 

Support young people/parents to achieve their potential by supporting them in the community

 

 Some of the children we work with would love someone to simply kick a football with, or listen to their hopes, worries, and dreams -encouraging them

What you can expect:

Provide emotional and practical support to the child. Giving them good sound appropriate advice.

Selecting your weekly activities with the child.

Complete plans for each session you have together and email them to your volunteer coordinator on a weekly 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

Participate in Mentor Forums or any other Mentor group activity.

What we can offer:

Gaining valuable social care experience, working with children 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 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

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* Here4Me - Berkshire

Our Vision

Our project provides Independent Visitors, Mentors and Advocates for children and young people both in care and the edge of care.

You could help guide, advise, listen to and befriend young people in care, sharing their experience as well as trying new activities and spending quality time together.

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* Merseyside Junior Mentoring

Our vision

Junior Mentoring In Action

We work across Merseyside, focussing on children aged 5-11 years. They are experiencing difficulties which may be having a negative impact on their learning, confidence and social skills.

The programme provides a solution focused approach to support a child to develop their inner resources and strengths. Building their self-esteem, and finding positive alternatives to their challenging behaviour that could otherwise result in them not reaching their full potential.

Tailored Support

We provide a tailored one-to-one mentoring package with a carefully screened, trained and supervised adult volunteers from within the community.

Volunteers are trained in using a solution focused approach to working with children, they cover safeguarding children, lone working and solution focused approach to working with children, before they are matched to a child. Safeguarding is paramount throughout our work.

 

Proven Outcomes

  • 96% OF THE CHILDREN ACHIEVE THEIR SET GOALS
  • 98% SHOW AN IMPROVEMENT WITH ISSUES THEY WERE REFERRED FOR

The benefit of the mentoring service affects the individual child, their family life, their school academic life, the relationships with their friends and the life of the volunteer mentor.

 

 

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* Staffordshire Community Support

Our Vision

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
  • self-care/dressing/mealtimes,
  • 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.

 

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* Wirral Counselling services

Our Vision

We are Action for Children Wirral Counselling Service, working in partnership with Wirral schools. We will listen to your thoughts and feelings and help you to express and explore them.

 

You decide what to say and do – no problem is too big or small. We are here for you.

 

When you experience strong and powerful feelings it can affect your emotional well-being. Early intervention can help to reduce stress and anxiety. It is then possible for you to learn new coping skills, increase your confidence and feel more positive about your life.

 

 

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