community activities assistant – aberdeen

Purpose and aims of the role 

Would you like to help children and young people be able to participate in activities to build their skills and confidence and let them have fun experiences?  Could you spare a few hours a week?  If the answer is yes we are currently looking for volunteers with experience to work alongside staff to provide time for activities which can help improve the health and social wellbeing of our young people.

Aberlour Options – Aberdeen works across a number of local authorities. We provide short-breaks to children with disabilities and their families, including overnight respite, day-care and community based outreach. As and when requested, we also provide support to young people in schools as well as in-house parenting advice and support.

The aim of Aberlour Options – Aberdeen is to develop and provide individualised support services for children and young people affected by disability and their families.

The service is provided to:

• Children and young people with disabilities

• Children and young people with complex needs

• Children and young people with challenging behaviours

• Looked after children and young people.

What will I be doing?

  • Working alongside staff to schedule activities which the children and young people are interested in.
  • Provide additional support to allow children and young to have regular outings.
  • Supporting children and young people on outings and activities
  • Assist in planning and delivery of activities for individuals.
  • Building young people’s confidence and self esteem

What skills can I bring to this role?

  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Good communication and listening skills.
  • A good listener and able to follow instruction.
  • Experience of working with children or young people with disabilities and complex needs.
  • Recognise that all children and adults have different needs, and respond to those needs.
  • A knowledge of some of the issues affecting children and young people
  • Ability to work well with children and young people

What qualities do I need?

  • Have a non-judgemental attitude and approach to working with children and families.
  • Be enthusiastic, flexible, dedicated and patient.
  • Be patient, reliable and open minded.
  • Friendly, helpful and empathetic.
  • Committed to treating all information in a confidential manner.

When will I be needed?

  • After school and evenings or during school holidays.
  • A minimum of 4 hours every fortnight.
  • Activities may vary according to school term times.
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months required.

Location

You will be working with children and young people in Aberdeen.

What will I gain from the role?

  • Practical experience of working with children and young people.
  • Preparation for returning to work or development of a career path.
  • Opportunity to develop existing and new skills.
  • A sense of satisfaction in helping children and young people build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential
  • A sense of satisfaction in helping children and young people to be able to participate in fun activities.
  • Attend social events, awards and recognition events
  • Be part of a professional and supportive team
  • Have FUN!

What support will I be given?

  • Induction and child protection training.
  • Role specific training.
  • Expenses – all out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Regular support and supervision from Options Aberdeen staff.

Additional Information

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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