Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove
East Sussex
Voluntary
Job description

Engagement Volunteer
Brighton & Hove
A range of roles available (see below for further details and options)

About the YMCA DownsLink Group:                                                                  
YMCA DownsLink Group is a charity that has been serving local communities since 1855. Each year we support over 15,000 children, young people and families across Sussex and Surrey. Children, young people and families are at the heart of YMCA DownsLink Group with a particular focus on the needs of young people who find themselves on the fringes of society and need support. The work of the YMCA DLG overall covers a wide range of areas including accommodation, general advice, sexual exploitation, mental health, housing advice, youth clubs, childcare, counselling, mentoring, alternative education and apprenticeships.

What does this volunteering opportunity involve doing?                          
Help young people achieve their full potential by supporting them to gain skills for life, learning and employment.
We are looking for volunteers to engage young people, aged 16-25 years living in our Supported Housing, to participate in small group activity sessions, which have been planned with the Volunteer & Engagement Coordinator.

As an Engagement Volunteer you will:
• Gain new skills, training & experience
• Help young people get involved and participate
• Help young people build their confidence
• Ensure young people feel valued & supported
• Commit to leading or supporting a number of sessions over a period of time that you can offer

Induction, training and support offered to the volunteer:                            
Volunteers will receive training and regular support and supervision from the Volunteer & Engagement Coordinator. Training will be a chance to meet other YMCA Volunteers and will cover:
• About being an Engagement Volunteer and YMCA DLG
• Professional boundaries
• Safeguarding
• Equal opportunities
• Confidentiality and data protection

Projects available:

1. House gardener
Are you green fingered? Do have a passion for nature and for engaging young people?
To tend to the house gardens in Brighton and Hove Supported Housing projects for vulnerable young people. To carry out simple projects, such as create a herb garden, potting plants, clearing weeds and to encourage young people who are residents to get involved with caring for and using the garden. To volunteer in pairs and ideally able to commit to 2.5 per week on Friday afternoons, although there is flexibility with days and times.
As well as patience, resilience, empathy and tolerance, a sense of humour is essential!

2. Sewing and craft
Make, mend and sew – would you like to share creative skills to engage young people?
To volunteer within Brighton and Hove Supported Housing for vulnerable young people aged 16-25 years. To deliver weekly drop-in, small group sewing and craft sessions; doing simple projects, such as mending and repairing and upcycling and other creative sessions. To volunteer in pairs, for two hours a week on Monday evenings, although there is flexibility with days and times.
As well as patience, resilience, empathy and tolerance, a sense of humour is essential!

3. Cooking
Are you passionate about food and would like to engage young people through cooking?
To volunteer within Brighton and Hove Supported Housing for vulnerable young people aged 16-25 years. To deliver weekly drop-in, small group cooking sessions; healthy cooking on a budget and ‘homemade takeaway’.
As well as patience, resilience, empathy and tolerance, a sense of humour is essential!

4. Games night
To volunteer within Brighton Supported Housing for vulnerable young people aged 16-25 years. To deliver weekly drop-in, small group sessions involving games and pizza. To volunteer in pairs, for two hours a week on Tuesday evenings, although there is flexibility with days and times.
As well as patience, resilience, empathy and tolerance, a sense of humour is essential!

5. Sports/fitness/yoga
Would you like to help young people to improve their physical health?
To volunteer within Brighton and Hove Supported Housing for vulnerable young people aged 16-25 years to deliver weekly small group fitness sessions. This volunteer role requires an appropriate level of expertise to safely facilitate active sessions.

Closing date: on-going, applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all posts have ample staff
Interviews: rolling, on-going

YMCA DownsLink Group is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns.

Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Posted on: 18 July 2019
Closed date: 16 October 2019
Tags: Training, Social Work

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