Community Buddy Volunteers support children and young people aged 7 to 17 with disabilities and/or additional needs to access their local community, helping them develop key life skills and meet outcomes outlined at the start of their Buddy journey.
Buddy Volunteers are matched with a child or young person and offer one-to-one support during an activity or outing into the community. A crucial aspect of the role is the ability to build positive relationships with a child or young person with a disability and/or additional need enabling them to build confidence to access the community or their chosen club or activity.
Participation in activities, clubs or accessing the community will be set out by the child or young person and their parents or carers and may take place in a variety of local settings.
Examples of the type of support a volunteer would provide are as follows:
- Visiting cafes
- Going shopping
- Accessing public transport
- Taking part in sports activities
- Attending a youth club
Buddy Volunteers will receive a full training programme which will equip them to provide support when out and about as a Buddy Volunteer with their child or young person. As part of the support package Buddy Volunteers will have regular access to a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator – who will provide each Buddy Volunteer with guidance, advice, and supervision - while they are delivering their volunteering activities.
Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to agree a match to a child or young person
- Attend an initial meeting with the child or young person and Volunteer Coordinator to agree the type and frequency of support to be offered and agree ongoing activities and support
- Meet with the child or young person and deliver the ongoing support agreed
- Record and share information as agreed
PLEASE NOTE: OUR NEXT TRAINING SESSIONS FOR THIS ROLE WILL BE IN OCTOBER 2022
Training and support will be provided therefore previous experience is not essential. We are seeking volunteers who feel able to:
- Communicate and ensure children and young people, with varied levels of ability, understand information in order to access the community successfully
- Build and maintain positive relationships with children and young people with a disability or additional need
- Listen and remain calm and impartial when dealing with children and young people
- Record information
- Respect differing views of individuals and work in a non-judgmental way
- Respect confidentiality and the agreed information sharing process
- Have the confidence to report concerns to their Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteers need to be able to travel and we cannot always guarantee accessible access.
- Age restrictions
Volunteers must be 18+
- Current Driving Licence
Volunteers need to be able to travel
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
All volunteering expenses, including mileage, will be paid
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
Volunteers will be supported during their time with Hampshire County Council by one of Hampshire's locally based volunteer coordinators. This support can include peer supervisions, 1-2-1 supervisions or phone and email conversations
- Recruitment Process
Application Form, Informal Discussion, Interview, References/
- Training provided
Volunteers will receive full training consisting of 2 days of initial training that all volunteers are expected to attend and a further hour-long online training session.
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 02/08/2022
Volunteers can meet with young people Monday – Sunday between 9am and 8pm.
This opportunity has no specific location.