London Youth - Volunteering Opportunities

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Every year, across our network of 400 youth clubs, our members work with over 75,000 young people helping young people be the best that they can be. This is not possible without the thousands of thousands of dedicated volunteers supporting the great work that they do.

In this booklet we have designed and created a number of exciting volunteer roles that really add value to the youth programmes run across our network our network of youth clubs.

All of our volunteers are supported in whilst volunteer with us and offered the opportunity to accredit their experiences through the National Open College Network and vInspired.

We hope that you find the opportunities in this booklet of appealing. If you would like to register your interest and apply for any of the roles please visit londonyouth.org/volunteer and complete the short online form.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with London Youth.

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London Youth - Volunteering Opportunities

  1. 1. Volunteering Opportunities www.londonyouth.org @LondonYouth
  2. 2. Hello  there, Every  year,  across  our  network  of  400  youth  clubs,  our  members  work  with  over   75,000  young  people  helping  young  people  be  the  best  that  they  can  be.  This  is   not  possible  without  the  thousands  of  thousands  of  dedicated  volunteers   supporAng  the  great  work  that  they  do. In  this  booklet  we  have  designed  and  created  a  number  of  exciAng  volunteer   roles  that  really  add  value  to  the  youth  programmes  run  across  our  network  our   network  of  youth  clubs. All  of  our  volunteers  are  supported  in  whilst  volunteer  with  us  and  offered  the   opportunity  to  accredit  their  experiences  through  the  NaAonal  Open  College   Network  and  vInspired*. I  hope  that  you  find  the  opportuniAes  in  this  booklet  of  appealing.  If  you  would   like  to  register  your  interest  and  apply  for  any  of  the  roles  please  visit   londonyouth.org/volunteer  and  complete  the  short  online  form. Thank  you  for  your  interest  in  volunteering  with  London  Youth. Best  wishes, MaP  Dronfield, Volunteer  Coordinator Get Involved 1 www.londonyouth.org/volunteer Volunteer Roles Assistant  Youth  Worker     1 Athan  31  Champion     5 Build-­‐it  Lambeth  Mentor       7 Quality  Mark  Champion     8
  3. 3. Matt Dronfield Volunteer  Coordinator @MaP  Dronfield @LondonYouth 2
  4. 4. Assistant Youth Worker 3 www.londonyouth.org/volunteer London  Youth  is    a  network  of  400  diverse  community  youth  organisaHons  where  young  people  choose  to  go.   CollecHvely  our  member  youth  clubs  have  a  unique  reach  to  over  75,000  young  Londoners,  delivering  good  youth   work  in  every  London  borough  and  out  of  town  at  our  two  residenHal  learning  centres.  As  an  assistant  volunteer   youth  worker  you  will  be  placed  in  one  of  our  member  organisaHons  supporHng  the  supervisor  in  the  overall   running  of  the  youth  club  session  and  maintaining  a  warm  and  caring  environment. Purpose of the role... To  work  as  part  of  a  team  of  youth  workers,  both  paid  and  voluntary,  to  support  the  provision  of  leisure  and   educaHonal  opportuniHes  appropriate  for  young  people  with  a  wide  range  of  abiliHes  and  interests.  This  means   contribuHng  posiHvely  in  providing  safe,  creaHve  and  challenging  acHviHes  which  will  meet  the  needs  of  all  young   people  aMending  the  youth  club  you  volunteer  with. Main responsibilities... ✓ To  support  the  supervisor  in  the  overall  running  of  the  youth  club  session  and  maintaining  a  warm  and   caring  environment ✓ To  work  within  agreed  policies  and  procedures  (which  include  equality  and  diversity,  safe  guarding  and  child   protecHon,  health  and  safety)  and  to  ensure  that  they  are  put  into  pracHce ✓ To  assist  in  planning  the  youth  club’s  future  acHviHes ✓ To  maintain  a  safe  and  non-­‐prejudiced  environment  for  the  young  people  aMending  the  youth  club  and  to   report  any  accidents  or  incidents  to  the  supervisor ✓ To  be  responsible  for  the  use  of  equipment  and  materials  and  their  safe  storage  in  a  clean  and  orderly  state.   To  inform  the  supervisor  of  any  concerns  regarding  equipment  and  materials ✓ To  fulfil  any  other  duHes  considered  reasonable  as  directed  by  the  supervisor  and  the  management  team. Person specification... Skills  and  Experience Essen0al/Desirable Ability  to  treat  others  with  respect  and  equality EssenHal Self-­‐moHvated,  energeHc  and  enthusiasHc EssenHal Good  listening  skills EssenHal Able  to  get  on  with  others  and  work  as  part  of  a  team EssenHal Reliable  with  good  Hmekeeping  skills EssenHal Be  aware  of  confidenHality  and  making  referrals   Desirable   Professional  conduct Desirable Previous  volunteer  experience Desirable
  5. 5. @LondonYouth 4
  6. 6. Athan 31 Champion 5 www.londonyouth.org/volunteer Athan  31  offers  a  framework  and  funding  for  young  people  to  design,  deliver  and  learn  from  their  own  projects.     The  aims  of  the  programme  are  for  young  people  to  beMer  understand  their  strengths  and  weaknesses,  have   increased  confidence  and  ability  to  work  with  others,  have  an  increased  sense  of  belonging  within  their  community   and  to  be  beMer  equipped  to  become  leaders  within  their  youth  club  and  community.   Groups  of  young  people  come  together  to  plan  and  run  acHviHes,  all  funded  by  London  Youth.  The  workers  at  the   youth  club  are  supported  through  youth  acHon  training  sessions  to  help  them  deliver  the  programme  and  are  able   to  access  consultancy  services  on  how  to  ensure  that  youth  leadership  and  decision  making  is  embedded  at  the   heart  of  their  club  (for  example,    creaHng  a  youth  advisory  board  or  including  young  people  in  their  recruitment   panels).   Purpose of the role... To  work  as  part  of  a  team  of  youth  workers,  both  paid  and  voluntary,  to  support  the  provision  of  leisure  and   educaHonal  trips,  residenHals  or  projects  (acHviHes)  that  have  been  created  and  managed  by  young  people.  This   means  accompanying  groups  of  young  people  to  safely  carry  out  their  acHviHes. Main responsibilities... ✓ To  support  the  youth  worker  in  the  youth  club  acHvity  and  maintain  a  warm,  safe  and  caring  environment ✓ To  work  within  agreed  policies  and  procedures  (which  include  equality  and  diversity,  safe  guarding  and  child   protecHon,  health  and  safety)  and  to  ensure  that  they  are  put  into  pracHce  during  the  acHvity ✓ To  maintain  a  safe  and  non-­‐prejudiced  environment  for  the  young  people  during  the  acHvity  and  to  report   any  accidents  or  incidents  to  the  supervisor ✓ To  be  responsible  for  the  use  of  any  equipment  and  materials  and  their  safe  storage  in  a  clean  and  orderly   state.  To  inform  the  supervisor  of  any  concerns  regarding  equipment  and  materials ✓ To  fulfil  any  other  duHes  considered  reasonable  as  directed  by  the  youth  worker  and  the  management  team Person specification... Skills  and  Experience Essen0al/Desirable Ability  to  treat  others  with  respect  and  equality EssenHal Self-­‐moHvated,  energeHc  and  enthusiasHc EssenHal Reliable  and  responsible EssenHal Good  communicaHon  skills EssenHal Able  to  get  on  with  others  and  work  as  part  of  a  team EssenHal Professional  conduct EssenHal Be  aware  of  confidenHality  and  making  referrals Desirable Understanding  of  child  safeguarding  procedures Desirable
  7. 7. @LondonYouth 6
  8. 8. Build-it Lambeth Mentor 7 www.londonyouth.org/volunteer Build-­‐it  Lambeth  is  about  enabling  the  learning  and  sharing  of  vocaHonal  skills,  and  promoHng  greater  mutual   understanding  and  respect  between  generaHons  in  local  communiHes.  The  project  involves  young  people  and   professional  tradespeople  –  all  of  them  volunteers  –  working  together  to  build,  repair  and  refurbish  social  housing   in  Lambeth.  This  will  include  renovaHng  empty  homes  and  community  spaces  to  bring  them  back  into  use. The  idea  for  the  project  was  tested  in  a  pilot  project  in  Brixton  in  2012,  and  was  featured  in  the  first  episode  of   Channel  4’s  documentary  series,  The  Secret  Millions,  in  which  young  people  worked  with  architect  George  Clarke   to  bring  an  empty  house  back  into  use. Purpose of the role... The  role  of  a  Build-­‐it  Lambeth  Mentor  is  to  guide  the  young  people,  on  the  job,  as  they  work  to  repair  and   refurbish  social  housing  or  community  buildings.  We  therefore  expect  mentors  to  have  either  a  qualificaHon  in  a   building  trade  or  have  significant  experience  in  a  trade. Main responsibilities... ✓ To  support  a  team  of  young  people  to  complete  a  schedule  of  works  that  will  renovate  social  housing  and   community  buildings ✓ Demonstrate  to  young  people  the  correct  skills  required  for  each  job  and  explain  to  young  people  what   they’re  doing ✓ Supervise  pracHcal  work  and  ensure  health  and  safety  requirements  are  met ✓ Provide  feedback  on  the  Hme  spent  volunteering  and  make  recommendaHons  for  improvement  of  the   programme Person specification... Skills  and  Experience Essen0al/Desirable A  trade  qualificaHon  or  have  significant  experience  in  a  trade EssenHal Ability  to  relate  to  young  people EssenHal Self-­‐moHvated,  energeHc  and  enthusiasHc EssenHal Reliable  and  responsible EssenHal Good  communicaHon  skills EssenHal Able  to  get  on  with  others  and  work  as  part  of  a  team EssenHal Professional  conduct EssenHal Be  aware  of  confidenHality  and  making  referrals Desirable Understanding  of  child  safeguarding  procedures Desirable
  9. 9. @LondonYouth 8
  10. 10. Quality Mark Champion 8 www.londonyouth.org/volunteer About the London Youth Quality Mark The  London  Youth  Quality  Mark  is  the  only  quality  assurance  scheme  for  youth  clubs  accredited  by  City  and  Guilds   and,  uniquely,  involves  young  people  in  assessment.  The  aim  is  for  clubs  to  become  recognised  as  centres  of   excellence  in  youth  work,  establishing  and  replicaHng  good  youth  work  across  the  network. Purpose of the role... To  help  member  clubs  through  the  London  Youth  Quality  Mark.  The  majority  of  the  Hme  is  spent  out  onsite,   supporHng  youth  clubs  through  the  framework,  unHl  they  are  ready  to  be  assessed  in  order  to  secure  a  level  of  the   Quality  Mark. Main responsibilities... ✓ Support  youth  clubs  who  are  signed  up  to  the  Quality  Mark  programme  who  have  been  idenHfied  by  London   Youth  for  help ✓ CompleHng  policy  research  and  updaHng  their  exisHng  policies ✓ Reviewing  and  amending  any  working  procedures  as  a  result  of  reviewing  these  policies ✓ To  help  create  an  evidence  folder ✓ To  help  label  evidence  and  collate  the  evidence  into  this  folder ✓ Provide  feedback  to  the  Head  of  Quality  Standards  by  reporHng  on  progress  with  your  youth  club  for  support   and  making  recommendaHons  for  acHon ✓ In  conjuncHon  with  the  Head  of  Quality  Standards  handover  the  work,  if  appropriate,  to  the  next  Quality   Mark  Champion  assigned  to  the  programme ✓ Provide  feedback  on  the  Hme  spent  volunteering  and  make  recommendaHons  for  improvement  of  the   programme Person specification... Skills  and  Experience Essen0al/Desirable Able  to  communicate  in  a  range  of  se`ngs EssenHal Self-­‐moHvated,  energeHc  and  enthusiasHc EssenHal Reliable  and  responsible EssenHal Computer  literate EssenHal Professional  conduct EssenHal Have  experience  of  creaHng  a  poraolio  of  evidence Desirable Understanding  of  child  safeguarding  procedures Desirable
  11. 11. @LondonYouth 10
  12. 12. 020 7549 8800 | volunteer@londonyouth.org.uk 47-49 Pitfield Street | London N1 6DA Registered Company Number: 258577 Registered Charity Number: 303324 Good youth work works.

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