Depaul UK offers homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfill their potential and move towards an independent and positive future. Depaul UK manages a range of accommodation for homeless young people in the UK and Ireland, as well as providing resettlement, pre-employment training and other support services for homeless and socially disadvantaged young people.
Supported Accommodation Project description:
Depaul UK a number of supported accommodation projects in the North East, this Volunteer role will be based in Maritime Court in Wallsend.
Maritime Court provides supported housing to single young people, at risk aged 16-25. The project consists of 9 self-contained flats and has on-site office which is staffed 24 hours. The services can be accessed for up to one year.
The aim of the Project is to offer low to medium housing related support to enable service users to maintain a tenancy in the community, maximize their independence and help them to take as much responsibility for their own life as possible. Staff will provide support, advice and guidance in all areas of life with particular focus upon maximizing benefits, accessing the education/training and developing to a person’s full potential.
Aim of the volunteer role:
To plan and deliver mentor taster sessions for the residents of the supported accommodation. This volunteer will promote the mentoring service to residents and will encourage an interest, budgeting and general life skills which will give the residents skills for managing their own tenancy. This mentor will be able to explain the mentoring programme to residents and complete support plans with residents. This volunteer will be confident in leading groups and be able to come up with fun and exciting activities that residents would like to take part in.
- To deliver mentor ‘taster sessions’ to residents of Maritime Court including life skills, budgeting sessions as well as more relaxed sessions such as walks in the community.
- To promote the mentoring opportunities to residents of Maritime Court during mentor taster session activities.
- To plan, promote and deliver fun and interesting sessions giving young people a taster of what mentor session will be like once matched with a volunteer mentor
- To complete support plans with residents of maritime court/ or take name for VMC to ring and organise meeting the young person if the young person prefers.
- To display posters, leaflets and promotional resources in Maritime Court (promotional material provided by the volunteering team)
- To communicate with VMC and project staff to ensure safe and positive delivery of activities
- To adhere to the terms of Depaul UK’s policies and procedures currently in force and its Code of Practice.
- To observe clear professional boundaries in our relations with the young people we work with.
- To be there as a positive role model for Depaul residents and provide practical support which may include being a listening ear.
- To take part in support sessions every 8 weeks with supervisor
- To claim back expenses via Emma Mohan
Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge:
Volunteers should have an understanding of the issues faced by disadvantaged young people such as homelessness. The ability to volunteer in a non-judgemental manner is also essential. Good communication, listening and the confidence to take lead on practical activities.
Support and supervision:
For this role your line manager will be the Emma Mohan, Depaul staff will be providing constant support and guidance throughout your volunteering to ensure that the experience is enjoyable for you as well as beneficial to Depaul and those who access services. You will receive a supervision with Emma every eight weeks and be invited to volunteer forums and celebration events.
Induction and training:
Volunteer On-boarding and a project Induction must be completed before volunteering can begin. This role requires both volunteer induction and mentor training (via zoom) to be completed prior to starting your role. This is to ensure you have a good understanding of your role and feel confident in your volunteering. Volunteers providing an ongoing commitment will have access to Depaul UK training courses if appropriate.
For this role it is asked that the volunteer completed their volunteering on either a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. The times are flexible but afternoon or evening is best as most residents attend college or work.
We are flexible and appreciate that people’s circumstances do change and that it may prove impossible to adhere to initial agreed commitment, please communicate with us so we can support you with changes to your availability. If you have not been active in your volunteering for 3 months we will contact you and if you have not been active for 6 months your volunteering role will naturally be ended. You would then re-apply for any volunteering at Depaul again going through the full volunteer recruitment process.
Benefits to the Volunteer:
- Travel expenses to and from the project; all genuine out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.
- While volunteering at the project, volunteers have full liability insurance cover.
- Appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that volunteers make.
- Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation
- References will be available after a period of six months volunteering.
- Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.
- You will be able to add volunteering to your CV.
Depaul UK, as an organisation with a Vincentian ethos, believes that it is essential to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Depaul UK, as both employers and service provider, is committed to opposing discrimination and will not discriminate against any person because of their ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, responsibility for children or dependants, age, employment status, disability, HIV status, religious or political beliefs or because of unrelated criminal convictions. Part of your volunteering role is to adhere to this ethos.
Please complete the attached Application Form and email it to our volunteering team at the address provided on the bottom of the form.
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