Volunteer at Independent People and help young people reboot their lives... and your own.
Independent People supports 16 to 25 year olds who have experienced or are facing homelessness in the South West. We house and support around 2500 young people to build independent lives every year.
All our Volunteers are looked after as part of the VIP scheme.
Our aim is to make sure everyone gets something out of your volunteering experience; you, us and the people we support, because we think we’re all VIPs.
Read more about us on the What we do and Who we are pages.
About the role
We ask for at least one day a week, Monday-Friday during office hours, plus supervision meetings, reflective practice and training (we can be flexible about when you can do this). We ask that all volunteers commit to a minimum of six months.
Young people in Bristol have high levels of rent arrears, with the majority of court action / evictions relating to arrears. As a result many of our service users experience repeat homelessness.
The majority have an assessed need for money management skills. It's a well known fact that young people in social and supported housing are the most likely people to struggle with their money.
Firstly, they generally don't have a lot of it so making ends meet is hard.
Secondly, a lot of young people have never had any advice or training about how to budget or where to go for help.
Young people often tell us they need much more support around money and as a volunteer on this project you can help us offer just that.
We will provide all the training you need in 1:1 work, financial capability and AQA accreditation. We will also provide ongoing support and mentoring including Reflective Practice.
Interest in and passion for youth work and / or homelessness prevention
Good organisational and communication skills
Able to communicate information in an engaging manner
Able to make a weekly committment for up to six months
Travel expenses (inc.mileage where needed), lunch, free tea/coffees at offices etc...
Access to training
Full induction, regular support and supervision
Materials and equipment
References for future employment (after six months of volunteering)
Closing date for applications - We accept applications on an ongoing basis and run training sessions regularly, please get in touch with Puegee Lam if you would like more information or to find out when the next training sessions will be taking place.
Please use the Volunteer Application Pack (word doc. 119kb) to apply.
Read our full Volunteering Policy (pdf 140kb) and DBS Information Page(pdf 183kb).
Successful candidates require an enhanced DBS check.
1625 Independent People is committed to promoting equal opportunity and diversity.
Any enquiries or if you need a paper version sent to you please email Puegee.Lam@1625ip.co.uk
or call 0117 317 8800.