What sorts of different volunteering could I do?
FAQs about Volunteering with Young Carers
We need support for our young carers in every area of provision - this includes:
Attending Youth Club (currently held at The Carpenter Centre, Overdale) on a Wednesday evening from 5-7pm. Helping to supervise and have fun with different age groups of young carers in sport, crafts, cooking, and lots more.
Holiday and Half/Term support, in the week (day time), helping to supervise and have fun with different age groups of young carers in workshops, events and trips, from skating to swimming and music projects to seaside trips. (16-18 years Volunteers for younger groups, Over 18 years for all groups)
Building a trusting friendship with an individual young carer who needs extra support - taking them out on a regular but very flexible basis, being a listening ear, and having lots of fun! (Over 21 years and a driver)
Assisting with the 101 tasks required in the office for a few hours a week on a flexible basis including data input, photocopying, filing, answering the telephone etc.
We have Facebook and Twitter accounts and need a person or persons to help manage it for us - collecting material and pics, liaising with all staff and uploading posts on a regular basis.
Youth Club - Activities Buddies
How long will I have to commit for?
We understand it is difficult to plan into the future and how things may change for you, so we don't put a minimum stay on the majority of volunteering - we have some volunteers who are only with us for school holidays for example - however, we do hope you'll be on board for as long as possible! Our experience is the longer you are with us the more rewarding it is - the young carers get to know you and vice versa.
For befriending we ask for a minimum commitment of six months if possible.
Will I get my expenses paid?
Yes, we will pay any costs you may have, such as transport or meal expenses, although often these will all be provided for you.
For Befriending you will manage a small budget independently.
Will I have training for my role?
We have relaxed bespoke in-house training for both Activities and Befriending volunteers, which is geared specifically to your role.
We cover all the practical matters (what shall I wear?/what time do you want me?), together with important areas such as child protection and professional boundaries. Activities training is usually around 3 hours and initial Befriending training 5-6 hours. We are flexible as to when it is convenient for you to attend and can carry out individual training if it suits.
Will I have ongoing support?
Yes! Our Volunteer Coordinator has an open door policy for volunteers to contact at any reasonable time, about anything! You will have regular face to face, email or phone contact to talk about any problems or just to have a general chat!
In an Activities Assistant role, and while at youth club or at other activities, our Activities Coordinaator will be on hand to supervise and support.