Purpose and Aims of the role
Could you be a positive role model to parents and families facing difficulties and challenging circumstances? Could you help them to gain life skills and work towards achieving their goals?
Aberlour Sustain (Perth and Kinross) help families on the ‘edge of care’ to stay together, by giving them the help and support they need to prevent a child from being taken into care. The families we work with need help for a range of reasons and our workers spend time with children, young people, parents and carers in order to understand what the family needs to thrive. We understand that family life can be difficult for all sorts of reasons. Our approach is always empathetic and non-judgemental.
We are recruiting volunteer Mentors to support parents by building relationships and supporting them through their day to day challenges. If you have a genuine interest in the wellbeing of children, young people and families in the Perth and Kinross area, we would love to hear from you.
What will I be doing?
Volunteers can make a make a difference to a child, young person or family’s life by:
- Encouraging parents and families to set goals and working to achieve them
- Spending regular time with a parent to build confidence
- Helping to develop life skills to promote independence
- Offering a parent time to talk openly to develop trust
- Encouraging parents and families to attend groups and try new activities
- Helping to support families who are experiences difficulties and being there for families when difficulties arise
What skills/qualities can I bring to this role?
- good communication skills
- non judgemental
- a genuine interest in the well-being of children and families
- ability to encourage and motivate others to set and achieve goals
- warm and compassionate
When will I be needed?
- Mentors will spend 2-4 hours a fortnight with a family
- A minimum of 6 months commitment is required for this role.
What will I gain from the role?
- Valuable training
- Make new friends and meet new people
- Get out and about
- Have FUN!
- A sense of satisfaction
- practical experience of volunteering with children and families
- Attendance at social events
What support will I be given?
- training to support you in your role
- service point of contact
- support from the volunteering team
- regular 1:1 support
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.
Clare Young – Volunteer Coordinator South
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