Bellshill and Mossend YMCA are looking to appoint a number of paid part time Befrienders across a few of their befriending projects:
1 x 7.5 hours per week post for befriending/eei
1 x 6 hours per week post for Pathways
The Befriending Project is a 12 week 1-to-1 intervention programme which engages with young people aged 8 to 16 from the North Lanarkshire area that are experiencing social isolation, anti social behaviour or poor engagement at school.
Early and Effective Intervention (EEI) is a 6 week 1-to-1 intervention that seeks to divert children and young people away from offending. EEI provides options to support children and young people who commit minor offences.
Pathways to Confidence is a early and effective intervention befriending service for young people 8-14years. This project aims to increase their confidence, self esteem as well as their school and community engagement. This project covers the areas of both North and South Lanarkshire.
The post holder should be a passionate and genuine individual, who is committed to supporting vulnerable young people in both 1-1 befriending and activity based settings. Self motivated with the ability to use their own initiative, you must possess a clear understanding of the need for and a commitment to maintaining confidentiality and following all procedures and protocols in relation to working with young people, in order to keep them safe. EEI work may take place in the family home or school environment so communication is a key priority
Preferable experience in volunteering, caring roles, youth work or befriending would be an advantage. Due to the fact the posts will cover the whole of North and South Lanarkshire, driving licence is desirable.
Interviews will take place at 6pm at the YMCA in Bellshill, on Thursday 31st January.
Interviews will last approximately 50 minutes, and are a 2 part process:
Part 1 of the process is an individual interview with our YMCA Panel
Part 2 is a short period of time spent engaging with some young people.
Pathways to Confidence
‘Pathways to Confidence’ is an innovative project developed in partnership with Bellshill YMCA and COVEY BEFRIENDING. The focus is to ensure positive longer term outcomes for young people aged 8-14. Pathways to Confidence was established in 2014 and is fully funded to September 2019.
This partnership project is delivered from North Lanarkshire through Bellshill and Mossend YMCA with the focus on mentoring and befriending young people with family support being delivered by COVEY BEFRIENDING from South Lanarkshire.
The post holder should be a passionate and highly motivated coordinator who will take on the full responsibility for delivering their area of the project as well as being able to work together for the success of Pathways to Confidence as a whole.
Characteris our primary requirement as we believe that through this your competence will be effectively applied. We seek someone with the drive, passion and vision to develop and shape the project further; to think ahead and bring creative solutions where needed, being able to work in partnership with your Pathways counterpart in COVEY.
You be responsible to deliver on targets and outcomes for this project which is part of an evolving early and effective intervention strategy. Being able to forge close links with key agencies such as youth justice, social work and police you will be required to have at least three years experience working with vulnerable children, young people and families. You will manage a team of part-time befrienders and a part-time Aspire Mentor Volunteer Coordinator. Ideally you will have volunteer management experience and be educated to degree level in a relevant discipline. With competence in all aspects of recruiting, training and supporting a team, your ability to motivate others will be a key skill. Also you will have knowledge of the core principles of youth work and of a cognitive behavioural approach.
You will be passionate about the benefit of mentoring support and volunteering; have the ability to think ahead, see the bigger picture and find solutions to the challenges of working with families and young people who face a range of issues. With excellent communication skills you will have the ability to quickly build rapport with vulnerable young people and their families.
Highly motivated and able to work under pressure, working to targets and maintaining a full case load you will also have the ability to observe the attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording and evaluation.
You will be confident in taking the initiative, have problem solving skills and bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the role. Your character will however come first – as good people can make good organisations great – and here we need a passionate, professional and proactive individual, able to lead by example, through creating mutual trust with their colleagues and volunteers as well as with young people and their families.
This post is 35hrs per week and will involve out of hours and possible weekend working. Essential – Car driver with access to a car / PVG check