What is ARC (Accessing Resources in the Community) and Divert?:
ARC and Divert provide one to one support to 13-24 year olds who are involved, or at risk of becoming involved in the Criminal Justice System across West Mercia. Commissioned by John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, both projects use service co-ordinators and volunteer mentors to support young people who are referred to the service, helping them to access community based activities such as music or sports clubs and diverting them away from crime.
What do ARC and Divert volunteer mentors do?:
ARC and Divert mentors provide one to one support in the community to YSS service users (Mentees) aged between 13-24 years with a general aim of increasing their motivation, helping them to gain achievement however small, developing their self-esteem and confidence, giving them a sense of direction, improving their communication skills, helping them to integrate into the community, redirecting them into education, training or employment as appropriate and encouraging and empowering them to access sustainable positive activities.
What type of volunteer are we looking for?:
YSS recruit volunteer mentors from all walks of life and we do not expect them to have any specific education or formal qualifications.
We are looking for volunteer mentors with potential that we can develop as well as those with relevant experience and qualifications.
Volunteers who would suit this type of role:
- Aged 18 years or over
- Have the time, enthusiasm, and willingness to volunteer with YSS for a minimum of 12 months
- Able to relate to a diverse group of people and develop positive relationships
- Able to effectively communicate with a wide range of people, including listening to, and valuing, young people’s experiences.
- Able to support and motivate individuals
- Have the ability to empathise with young people, but encourage them to continue in the tasks
- Demonstrate good team working skills
- Have a non-judgmental approach to all types of people
- Are willing to identify appropriate resources within local communities for mentees to access
- Willing to commit to attending regular individual and group support meetings
- Open to learning and show a commitment to personal development
- Have the potential to commit to volunteering for up to of three hours per week which may include evenings and weekends.
Although our Head Office is based in Worcester, volunteers will meet people in the community, in and around Worcestershire. These arrangements can be agreed by the volunteer, mentee and YSS in advance. YSS will reimburse volunteer expenses including travel.
In 30+ years we have developed a strong track record of engaging and motivating some of the most under-supported people in society. In our history we have built up a number of specialities surrounding key strands that run through all of our services, including Employability, Education and Training and Mental Health Support.
YSS currently delivers 17 services and makes a difference to over 2,000 people a year.We are a charity that helps people to help themselves, and we’ve been doing so for more than thirty years. There are thousands of people in our communities who struggle with life and face what seem to be insurmountable barriers - they are why we exist.We provide a wide variety of community-based support for people and are often described as the ‘glue’ between those at risk of social isolation and the wider mainstream society.
We run a diverse range of services working with seven to 70 year olds but our aim is always the same – to help people to break through barriers and to achieve their potential.Our work is rooted in the local communities we serve. We have a strong local presence and a national profile for our innovative work. We strive to ‘punch above our weight’ to ensure our voice is heard and to influence and inform policy makers.A lot of our work involves working with people going through the Criminal Justice system.
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