Young People’s Participation Group Volunteer – Glasgow

Purpose and Aims of the role

Would you like to help young people with activities to build their skills and confidence and to help them build friendships? Could you spare two evenings per month? If the answer is yes we are currently looking for volunteers with experience of working with children and young people at our fortnightly participation groups. You could support the service to improve outcomes and the health and social wellbeing of young people aged around 12-20.

Scottish Guardianship Service is a partnership project between Aberlour and Scottish Refugee Council. The service works with unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people who have been trafficked from outside the EU. We are currently based in the City Centre. We work with vulnerable children and young people who have arrived in Scotland without any family and they have to navigate the complex asylum, trafficking and welfare systems. Social isolation is an obvious consequence of arriving alone and it is important that young people have the opportunity to build their social networks and have time to relax and have fun and attempt to regain something which resembles a normal life.

What will I be doing

  • Assisting children and young people with activities that can vary from music, art and dance
  • Observe, communicate and encourage young people to take part in activities
  • Helping young people with their emotional and physical wellbeing through activities such as arts and crafts
  • Helping to assess young people’s needs and likes / dislikes and feedback to the Guardians
  • Supporting staff to undertake new activities
  • Helping young people to have fun
  • Building young people’s confidence and self esteem
  • Supporting staff at outings and residential weekends when required

What skills can I bring to this role

  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • A knowledge of issues affecting children and young people
  • A knowledge of issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees
  • Ability to work well with children and young people
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Experience with building confidence and self esteem
  • Ability to encourage and motivate children and young people to participate in activities

What qualities do I need?

  • To have a non-judgemental approach to people, have empathy
  • Be enthusiastic, flexible and committed
  • Reliable and approachable
  • Friendly, helpful and understanding
  • Reliability and a commitment to treat all information in a confidential manner.

When will I be needed?

  • Two evenings per month (the second Tuesday of the month and the last Thursday of the month
  • Additional outings and activities throughout the year (usually during school holidays)
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months required.

You will be volunteering with the Scottish Guardianship Service based in Glasgow City Centre.

What will I gain from the role?

  • A sense of satisfaction in helping children and young people build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential
  • Practical experience of working with children and young people
  • A unique opportunity to meet children and young people from around the world.

What support will I be given?

  •  Induction and child protection training with Aberlour
  • Expenses – all out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
  • Supervision and support from your manager / coordinator

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
Clare Young (Volunteer Coordinator – South) | 07717535833

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