England, United Kingdom

Voluntary

Job Description

HeadStart Blackpool is one of Big Lottery’s projects aimed at improving mental wellbeing in young people, aged 10-16, reducing the number that go on to develop mental health challenges. Lancashire Mind are working in partnership with HeadStart Blackpool to deliver Bounce Forward. Bounce Forward is a universal, preventative resilience programme delivered in Year 5 classrooms across Blackpool to help young people develop the skills from an early age to help them Bounce Forward in tough times.

We are looking for committed, hardworking and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer alongside the Wellbeing Coordinators in our Bounce Forward project in schools. Working with a whole year 5 class, the only requirements you need are that you have a passion for helping young people develop the skills they need to overcome life’s challenges.

You will receive an induction and will be fully trained by the staff to prepare you for your role.  You will be invited to attend team meetings and have regular group or 1:1 supervision. As a Bounce Forward Volunteer your role will be crucial in engaging children and young people to participate in a preventative service and be a part of the Resilience Revolution across Blackpool.

Please note that this post will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Supporting the Wellbeing Coach Lead, Wellbeing Coordinators and Bounce Forward Worker with the delivery of Bounce Forward in primary schools across Blackpool.
  • Assisting with resource management throughout delivery in a classroom environment.
  • Identifying and working with groups or 1:1 with children who may need more academic or emotional support.
  • Engaging children and young people with our programme through enthusiasm and encouragement.
  • Follow Lancashire Mind’s policies and procedures at all times, especially safeguarding. 

What we can offer you: 

  • Recognition of the role that you are carrying out in support of Lancashire Mind.
  • The appropriate training.
  • An opportunity to feedback about your role.
  • Reimbursement of agreed out of pocket expenses.
  • Ongoing support from your direct line manager, including regular group or 1-2-1 supervisions and invitations to team meetings.

We are looking for people who: (please still apply even if you feel you do not meet all the below – full training will be provided)

  • Are friendly and enthusiastic and work well within a team.
  • Are willing to be flexible in different classroom environments.
  • Are reliable and good communicators.
  • Have an ability to maintain professional boundaries.
  • Are honest and act with integrity.
  • Have an understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities.

To apply

Please complete the application form that can be found on the website and return it to the listed email address. 

The deadline for this round of applications is 10am on 2nd August 2019. Informal interviews for this post are scheduled to take place on 9th August 2019. You will also need to come to the office on 12th August to complete your DBS check (this date can be rearranged if necessary). There will also be a team meeting on 6th September which you’ll be invited to attend.