Young Carers Transitions Project Volunteer Opportunities

About the opportunity

Young Carers can find themselves ill-equipped for the transition to adulthood.
They may lack knowledge and carers fed logosocial skills to address the challenges of adult life. The Transitions Project offers young carers aged 15-18 life-skills programmes to equip them with the skills and confidence they need to take this important step toward their future. Young Carers Transition Mentors will build a supportive and empowering relationship with a young carer approaching transition to adulthood.

Mentors will help their mentee to identify individual goals and issues that may impact the mentee's opportunities as they reach adulthood. These may be around confidence and self-esteem, education and employment, housing, managing finances, positive relationships, personal safety
health and well-being, bbc children in need logocommunication skills, decision making etc. Mentors will work with mentees over a period of time, supporting their mentee to develop an action plan to work toward reaching goals and developing resources to overcome issues and problems.

Volunteers will receive initial training and ongoing supervision from the Project Co-ordinator. We offer volunteers opportunities for developing their role and encourage them to be involved in project -development and wider involvement.

About The Carers Federation

The Mentoring Project aims to provide mentoring for young  carers affected by the illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse of a family member. This could be a parent, child, sibling or partner. The project provides a range of emotional and practical support for carers, with a focus on helping carers to engage with new opportunities. This may be around education, employment or training, or having the chance to participate in all types of activities within the community. The project aims to reduce isolation felt by many carers and to build confidence, self esteem and motivation that may enable carers to focus on their own needs and access opportunities available locally.

What are they looking for?

Volunteers do not need to have specific qualifications or experience but it is essential that they are reliable and trustworthy. We welcome volunteers who are caring and non-judgmental, with good listening and communication skills.
We provide a compulsory Initial Training Programme, including Safeguarding Children, and there will be ongoing support from the project coordinator so that volunteers feel confident engaging with this client group. However, volunteers must be able to work independently and use their own initiative. Volunteers need to be responsible in maintaining contact with the mentoring project team and feeding back issues and concerns in a timely way. Volunteers will need the qualities required to build positive relationships with young people who may be experiencing difficulty and should have a commitment to supporting young people who have a caring role. They will need the ability to be flexible to meet clients' needs and to support young people to work toward identified goals. Volunteers must have a commitment to equal opportunities and safeguarding, and be willing to undertake training and supervision.
Volunteers will develop confidence and skills in building positive and supportive relationships with vulnerable young people. They will gain experience in goal setting, action planning, creative problem solving, advocacy and working with other professionals. Volunteers will also develop independent working and working as part of a team, time management, record keeping and monitoring skills.

If you interested in volunteering for this, please contact Naomi Sykes on:
Tel: 0115 9629 335
Mobile: 07841 067 098
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