Adventure Buddy- Aberdeen Options

Purpose and Aims of the role

 

Would you like to help young people engage in activities and trips on a regular basis to build their skills and confidence?

 

At Aberlour Options we run regular day trips, activities and adventures during the school holidays and at weekends. We are looking for inspirational and motivational volunteers with a sense of adventure and an interest in sports, fun, outdoors and wellbeing to help improve the outcomes and the health and social wellbeing of our young people.

 

 

Aberlour Options Aberdeen supports children who have complex physical, learning, sensory and emotional needs and autistic spectrum disorders. We can provide a range of services including support at home, in the community, overnight stays, adventure breaks and outreach services. The service also provides community based education support through our inclusion service.

 

 

What will I be doing?

 

  • Making a difference in a young person’s life
  • Assisting staff with activities and outings
  • Supporting young people to participate in new experiences
  • Supporting young people to try new activities
  • Support staff to plan, prepare and run the outings and activities
  • Helping young people to have fun
  • Building young people’s confidence and self esteem
  • Being a positive role model

 

What skills can I bring to this role?

 

  • A passion and enthusiasm for engaging young people in activities and supporting them to have new experiences
  • Experience of working with young people
  • A knowledge of issues affecting children and young people with additional support needs
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Experience of building confidence and self esteem
  • Ability to engage young people to take part in outings and have fun
  • A genuine interest in the well-being of young people

 

What qualities do I need?

 

  • Ability to encourage and motivate young people to participate in activities
  • To have a positive and encouraging approach to young people
  • To have a non-judgmental approach to people, have empathy
  • Be enthusiastic, motivated, flexible and committed
  • Reliable and approachable
  • Patience and understanding
  • Friendly, helpful and understanding
  • Reliability and a commitment to treat all information in a confidential manner
  • To have a good value base, be open minded and level headed

 

When will I be needed?

 

  • Outings and activities will run once a month, during weekends and school holidays

 

  • Location

Our service is based in Aberdeen but some of our activities could take place in locations throughout Scotland with all expenses paid.

What will I gain from the role?

  • A sense of satisfaction in helping young people build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential
  • Supporting young people to flourish.
  • Practical experience of working with young people
  • Have fun!

 

What support will I be given?

  • Induction and child protection training
  • Additional Support Needs training
  • Specific training relevant to the role
  • Ongoing support and supervision

 

  • Additional Information

Due to Health and Safety requirements you must be at least 18 years of age to undertake this volunteering role.

 

For all roles involving regulated work with children and/or protected adults, Aberlour will require the applicant to submit a PVG Scheme Record or a PVG Scheme Record Update application. This opportunity is subject to the completion of satisfactory references and successful registration on the PVG Scheme.

Contact Details

Yvonne Atkins

Email: volunteering@aberlour.org.uk

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