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Peer Supporters

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 over 1300 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.

1625 Independent People are working alongside Learning Partnership West to deliver Bristol Youth Links which provides one to one support and activities to young people throughout Bristol aged 13-25. They help young people to find training, jobs, education and support with the issues they face.

They also deliver loads of youth work sessions throughout Bristol and  work with up to 30,000 young people in Bristol each year.

About the role

Peer Supporters

We ask for at least two hours per fortnight plus supervision meetings and training (we can be flexible about when you can do this).
 

The role:

Bristol Youth Links are looking for volunteers (aged 18-25) who are motivated to help make a difference to the lives of young people in Bristol as Peer Supporters.

If you are interested in helping others then this could be for you.
 
If you are looking to get into youth work, support work, training, social care and education then this is the perfect opportunity to get hands on experience.
 
We have staff with years of experience working with young people. Come and learn from them.
 
You could:

  • Help out in group sessions.
  • Help run group sessions with staff.
  • Run group sessions on your own or with another Peer Supporter (with staff support available).
  • Deliver one-off sessions showing young people how things work and passing on information that could help them.
  • Offer befriending - Over a longer timeframe, support young people who may feel lonely or down or need encouragement to get out and about and feel better about themselves.
  • Offer mentoring - Supporting young people to get to appointments and to find help with the problems they face.
To offer support with: feeling positive, training, low self esteem, boredom, getting to appointments, getting help, mental health, homelessness, unemployment, loneliness, financial problems, sexual health, pregnancy / parenthood, criminal behaviour and anything else you can offer.


Key skills:


Essential:

  • Motivated to learn new skills
  • Motivated to try and help others
  • Non judgemental
  • A good listener
  • Able to communicate and empathise with others
  • Able to fill out some simple paperwork (we can help with this)
  • Reliable

 
Preferred:

  • Able to be organised
  • Able to be calm in stressful situations

It would also be useful to have experience/knowledge of:

  • Homelessness
  • Drug and Alcohol issues
  • Mental Health
  • The benefits system
  • Education
  • Training
  • Parenthood / pregnancy
  • Youth Work
  • Support Work

We offer:

  • 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 peer mentor training sessions regularly, please get in touch with Alex Green if you would like more information or to find out when the next training sessions will be taking place.
 
Please use the Volunteer Application Form (word doc. 101kb) to apply and return to volunteering@1625ip.co.uk along with a completed Equal Opportunities Form (Word doc 29kb).
Read our full Volunteering Policy  (pdf 140kb).
Successful candidates require full DBS check.
1625 Independent People is committed to promoting equal opportunity and diversity.

We also have opportunities for people aged over 25 so please contact us to find out more.
 
Any enquiries or if you need a paper version sent to you please email volunteering@1625ip.co.uk
or call 0117 317 8800.
 

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