St Mungo’s Youth Support Volunteer
Youth Support Worker Volunteer
Project/Service: Putting Down Roots for Young People
Location: West Oxfordshire, Witney
Support and supervision from: Adam Spokes
Commitment: Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 1 day a week minimum
10.30am – 4pm. 6 months minimum.
Where will I be volunteering?
Putting Down Roots for Young People is a gardening and horticulture project for young people aged between 16-24 years old, across Oxfordshire.
We create green spaces with homeless or at risk of homelessness young people to improve their confidence, employability, mental and physical health and wellbeing.
What will I be doing?
- Building positive relationships with young people to enable their engagement with the project
- Foster meaningful relationships so that you can support young people with their needs
- Support the personal and social development of young people
- Ensure that students receive regular support with the vocational training offered
- Supporting the Gardener Trainer with the delivery of gardening and horticulture activities
- Contributing to the planning, delivery and evaluation of the project
Volunteers must meet the following criteria:
- Be enthusiastic and willing to support young people to realise their full potential
- Ability to develop professional relationships with young people
- Have excellent communicators and listeners skills
- Be patient and non-judgemental
- Knowledge and passion for gardening
- Able to make a six month commitment
- Understanding of the causes of homelessness and its impact
Ability to work with young people who may have offending behaviour, substance use and/or mental health, with sensitivity and respect.
- We particularly welcome youth volunteers with experience of using and moving on from support services
- Willingness to attend training to develop you in your volunteer role
- We don’t expect you to know everything or have specific youth work or gardening experience; we simply ask that you’re committed and consistent.
What support will I receive?
- Induction training to prepare you to volunteer and access to additional training
- Regular support from your volunteer supervisor
- There is a dedicated Volunteer Services team to support your volunteering
- Out of pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed
Free lunch when working a minimum of five hours per day
Benefits to the volunteers
- Improved confidence and communication skills
- Experience working with young people in an informal setting
- Skills in gardening and horticulture
I would like to help:
Please complete the online application form which is available on our website. http://www.mungos.org