Community Activities Volunteer- Options Fife

Purpose and Aims of the role

 

Would you like to help young people participate in group activities to build their skills and confidence? We are currently looking for volunteers to help young people take part in interests and hobbies such as music, arts, and crafts; cooking, sports and health and wellbeing and build independence skills which can help improve the health and social wellbeing of our young people.

 

Aberlour Options – runs a BFF (Best Friends Forever) group for young adults with a Learning Disability and/or Autism, who have left school up to and including the age of 25yrs. The aim of BFF is to support and enable young adults to build on their independence skills such as cooking and budgeting and be supported with the transition in to adulthood. The aim is for the service to allow young people to gain confidence to move in adulthood successfully.

What will I be doing?

  • To help build on the young adult’s existing and emerging life skills including independence, friendship and social skills
  • Supporting young adults to express their ideas and views on activities they wish to take part in
  • Supporting the young adults to organise and plan their time
  • Supporting young adults on outings and activities
  • Spending your time talking to the young adults, helping them to feel valued and listened to
  • Building young people’s confidence and self esteem
  • Being a positive role model
  • Supporting staff at outings.

What skills can I bring to this role?

  • A specific skill set in a social activity
  • Experience of working with young people
  • A knowledge of some of the issues affecting young people
  • Ability to work well with young people
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Experience with building confidence and self esteem
  • Ability to encourage and motivate young people to participate in activities.

What qualities do I need?

  • To have a non-judgemental approach to people, have empathy
  • To have a good value base, be open minded and level headed
  • A positive, can do approach.
  • Ability to communicate and engage with young people in a way that meets their individual communication needs
  • An approach that assists in empowering young people.
  • Be enthusiastic, flexible and committed
  • To be reliable and have a commitment to treat all information in a confidential manner.

When will I be needed?

  • BFF group meets once a fortnight on a Thursday evening.
  • 4 hours per fortnight
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months required.

Location

Aberlour Options Fife (Glenrothes)

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
  • Practical experience of working with young people
  • Learning new skills
  • Experience to get back into the workplace or education
  • 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
  • Supervision and support from Options Fife Service Staff.
  • 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 07864625069

Email volunteering@aberlour.org.uk

 

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