The Next Steps Personal Support service is looking for enthusiastic, committed volunteers to provide 1:1 or 2:1 support to young people living in Surrey, aged 8 - 25 years old, who have a disability or learning difficulty.
The service aims to empower young people by: improving their independence; enabling them to have new experiences; providing opportunities to socialise and make friendships; and giving them a voice to express their views on services, community resources and issues that affect their lives.
The weekly time commitment of the volunteer role is flexible, depending upon the volunteer's availability. The role involves spending a minimum of one hour a week with a young person, to help deliver the services outlined below.
The service offers individual tailored packages for young people based on their assessed needs. Support is offered Surrey-wide and can be provided on a 1:1 or 2:1 basis (where necessary) between 7am and 10pm, 7 days a week.
Services can include:
Building self-esteem and independence
Access to leisure and community activities
Social and communication support
Attending appointments and meetings
Low level healthcare tasks
Advocacy for child protection conferences or annual reviews
Assistance in job applications and interviews
Key activities of volunteers include:
Being involved in the running of tailored 1:1 support for disabled children and young people across the county
Helping to promote the young people's independence, skills levels and choice
Supporting in helping to develop awareness around online safety, fire safety, stranger awareness and relationship awareness
Supporting in helping to develop skills and knowledge around cooking, food safety and hygiene and how to cook with a budget
Reporting any safeguarding concerns raised by the young people, parents /carers, volunteers or others
Ensuring that events and activities are made accessible to all disabled children and young people regardless of the nature of their disability, and irrespective of the child's age, gender, ethnicity, religion, culture or language
All these activities are to be carried out with the support and guidance of the Children's Service Manager and Project Coordinator.
Skills and experience required:
An understanding of people with disabilities and their needs
Awareness of the relevance of outreach support work and group work
An interest in current issues and how they affect young people
Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with service users with challenging needs
Ability to relate and communicate with young people
Commitment to delivering a high quality service which makes a real difference to young people and their families
Commitment to Barnardo's Basis and Values
Commitment to Barnardo's Equality and Diversity Policy
This in an unpaid, voluntary role. Travel expenses are reimbursed.
Volunteer opportunities are available across Surrey, please enquire about locations.