Job description

Responsible to: Volunteer Manager

Based In: Bradford

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per month for two years

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN UN-PAID VOLUNTEER ROLE

Purpose of role
An independent Visitor is a responsible adult volunteer who acts as a positive role model to a young person looked after by a local authority. The young person has little or no contact with their parents. The IV will meet once a month with the young person to strive to be a positive influence in their life by celebrating success, encouraging them to express any concerns, and influencing them to join activities that meet their hobbies, interests, and needs. The visit may involve just a friendly chat or it could be that you support them to gain access to the relevant education/ health paths, access to physical/ social activities, or taking them to the cinema or for a walk.

It is an unsettling period for a young person with little or no family network so a friendly face and a positive role model could mean the difference in encouraging a young person to follow a productive life path compared to a route that is unhealthy which could potentially lead to a lifetime of problems.

Independent visitors are matched carefully so that outcomes can be as fruitful as possible in the young person’s life. As a volunteer, you would be there as a totally independent person and to represent them with the same tenacity you would as if it was your own family.

Volunteers are fully supported and receive regular supervision. All volunteer expenses are reimbursed. All volunteers are required to be over 18 years and complete an enhanced DBS check.

You don't need to be an expert, empathy matters more than academic qualifications or experience, and we're keen to hear from people of all ages and walks of life.

Responsibilities

  • Visit a young person on a monthly basis
  • Befriend a young person establishing a relationship of trust and support
  • Remain independent from professionals and promote the young person’s progression in terms of social, emotional, educational, religious, and cultural needs
  • Encourage the young person to take up activities that fit in the young person’s hobbies and interests
  • Listen to a young person’s worries or concerns and signpost to the relevant agencies for further support
  • Be willing to undergo training and any ongoing bitesize training in order to carry out duties
  • Retain records in line with Advocacy Focus’s procedures for monitoring and complete relevant volunteer timesheets and expenses
  • Attend quarterly supervisions and volunteer meetings with the Volunteer Manager
  • Work within Advocacy Focus’ volunteer policies and procedures, including Data Protection and Safeguarding

Skills

  • Be able to relate to young people and have fun
  • Emotional awareness of self and others
  • Patient and willing to focus on the young person’s needs
  • Consistent, Reliable, and trustworthy

Our Values / Behaviour

Quality

  • I will create quality visits that are fun, and person-centered
  • I will encourage positive change in young people’s lives
  • I will record a good quality update each month

Learning

  • I will seek further understanding for topics affecting my young person
  • I will keep up to date with mandatory safeguarding training
  • I will keep abreast of current rights for young people, and welfare rights

Respect

  • I will treat everyone equally and make sure everyone feels valued, respected, and listened to
  • I will respond to communication in a timely manner
  • I will gain respect from my young person by being a good role model

Trust

  • I will not make promises I cannot keep
  • I will keep my young person’s data secure
  • I will be reliable, prompt, and well presented for visits

People

  • I will look gain an understanding of my young person’s needs so I can act and communicate in their best interest
  • I care intensely about our clients and vulnerable groups of society
  • I will act in Advocacy Focus’ best interests

Independent

  • I will act independently from councils, foster families, and other professionals
  • I act in the best interest of Advocacy Focus and my young person
  • I will declare any conflict of interest as they arise

THIS IS AN UNPAID VOLUNTEER ROLE

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please get in touch!

Job Types: Part-time, Volunteer

COVID-19 considerations:
To keep our volunteers as safe as possible, Advocacy Focus has clear policies and risk assessments in place