Location: In various places across the London Borough of Bromley and surrounding areas, Bromley, BR1 3UH (see map)
Travel: Bromley South station. Bromley Civic Centre bus stop.
Start date: Ongoing
What will I be doing?
- Befriending a young person in care by visiting them once a month and taking them out to do an activity they would like to do.
- Providing a supportive friendship by listening and being a positive role model in their life. Utilizing the visit budget (up to £25) to enhance the visits whilst focusing on building a friendship.
- Undertaking the relevant training, reading policies and communicating regularly with the IV Coordinator.
- Reading risk assessments and completing paperwork relating to visits and any ad hoc reports, as required.
- Attending supervision every two months (this is done both via phone calls and face-to face meetings).
volunteer to befriend a child in care
What impact will this have?
- You will be giving a young person in care one-to-one time with a trusted adult who can listen and provide support outside of the professionals who provide their care. This is invaluable in and of itself and the biggest benefit young people have reported as gaining from having an IV is someone who will listen.
- Though you will not be mentoring in the traditional sense, you will be supporting a young person in developing positive habits to keep themselves safe, healthy, and able to have positive relationships.
- You will provide a young person an opportunity to go out, have fun and experience new things when their home environment or other needs may prevent them from doing this.
- An ongoing friendship, hopefully through to when the young person leaves care. Loneliness amongst care leavers is currently a significant issue and having the visits continue past 18 years of age can make a big difference in their life.
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- Our volunteers need to do one visit per month on a weekend (or weekday if suitable) of their choice. Each visit should last a minimum of 2 hours and we ask for a minimum of one year commitment though hope that our volunteers feel able to continue beyond this. An additional 1 - 2hrs average per month is needed to complete paperwork, organise visits and update training, when necessary.
- We have two learning sets per year for volunteers and we expect all to attend at least one per year. They run on weekends or weekday evenings for 1.5 - 2 hours.
What else do I need to know?
- Some travel may be required for this role as young people are placed within the Bromley borough but also in surrounding boroughs and counties, particularly Kent.
- To meet the requirements of all of our young people we need a diverse team of volunteers. Though we will accept applications from all applicants we may put your application on hold should we not have a suitable referral to match you with when you apply.
- COVID-safe volunteering. Before face-to-face visits can take place, all volunteers will need to read a risk assessment and follow the social distancing guidelines given. Masks are currently optional as visits can only take place outside but masks can be provided if required. All volunteers will need to have hand sanitiser on their person and disclose any health vulnerabilities that make them higher risk. Face-to-face visits can only take place with the consent of the volunteer and those responsible for the young person. Where face-to-face visits aren't possible for safety reasons, volunteers will provide remote contact support to young people via phone calls or video calls on our online platform. asphaleia is constantly reviewing government guidelines and making amendments to all services and risk assessments, where appropriate. Where necessary, recruitment processes such as interviews and training are taking place virtually.
- We pay travel expenses and there is a budget of £25 for the activity costs and any travel to and from the activity, which we pay back as expenses. We do not expect nor condone volunteers spending their own money on their young person outside of this budget.
- A DBS check is required
About the organisation:
What skills will be useful?
- Advice and support
- Youth work
What skills can I gain?
- Advice and support
- Youth work
- One full day of induction training held on a Saturday.
- Online Safeguarding training (CPD approved), including Safeguarding Children - Level 1, Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, and The Prevent Duty.
- Any additional training required based on the young person's needs.
In various places across the London Borough of Bromley and surrounding areas, Bromley, BR1 3UH