Family Mentor- Aberdeen

Purpose and Aims of the role

 

Could you make a difference to a child’s/ young person’s life and their families?  

Aberlour family service Aberdeen helps parents with a learning disability in Aberdeen to provide the best possible care for their children. We work with children and young people who have experienced disadvantage, trauma or have disabilities. We pride ourselves on our child centred focus and strong commitment to the individual development of each child emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually.  

We support parents and children where there is a parental learning disability. We work with whole families as well as children on their own. We are looking for Family Mentors to work with young people or their parents to provide opportunities and work towards goals with the family.

We support parents and children where there is a parental learning disability. We work with whole families as well as children on their own. We are looking for Family Mentors to work with young people or their parents to provide opportunities and work towards goals with the family.

 

What will I be doing?

  • Making a difference in the lives of our children and families
  • Spending regular time with children and their families
  • Supporting families to explore and access Aberdeen’s local play and leisure facilities and services
  • Supporting families to access and take part in activities and events in their own local community
  • Supporting children and families when difficulties arise
  • Supporting families to experience new activities
  • Helping children and their families to have fun
  • Building young children’s confidence and self esteem
  • Helping families to reach their own goals
  • Completing a diary after each visit
  • Attending regular support sessions
  • Contributing to service assessments through support.

 

What skills can I bring to this role?

  • Experience of working with children or families
  • A knowledge of issues affecting children and their families
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Experience with building confidence and self esteem
  • To be patient and understanding
  • Experience of working with parents either from work experience or your own life experience
  • A genuine interest in the well-being of children, young people and their families
  • Ability to find cost effective ways to take part in leisure activities in the community
  • Ability to engage families in playing with their children
  • Ability to support families to develop the parent/child relationship
  • Good communication and listening skills

What qualities do I need?

  • To have a non-judgemental attitude and approach to working with children/young people and families
  • Reliability and discretion
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Non-judgemental attitude
  • Responsible and dependable
  • To be empathetic
  • To be able to treat all information in a confidential manner
  • Be friendly, helpful and understanding
  • Be enthusiastic, flexible, committed and patient.
  • Good observational skills

 

When will I be needed?  

  • Family Mentors will spend a few hours each week depending on the needs of the family
  • You will also attend regular group activities and attend all Aberlour training
  • This role will take place at evenings and weekends.
  • A minimum of 1 year’s commitment is required for this role. This is essential to build trusting relationships within a vulnerable child/families life.

 

  • What will I gain from the role
  • Access to training
  • Make new friends and meet new people
  • Be part of your local community
  • Have FUN!
  • Attend social events.

 

  • Location
  •  Aberdeen

 

What support will I be given?

  • Induction and child protection training
  • Additional support needs training
  • Specific training
  • Matching support
  • 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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