WE ARE RECRUITING FOR TWO VOLUNTEER GROUP LEADERS IN ABINGDON

JOB DESCRIPTION

YoCO (Youth Challenge Oxfordshire) is starting a new group for young people aged 13-21 in Abingdon in September 2022 and is looking for two volunteers to lead and deliver its 18 month programme. This includes two residential trips; one weekend in the UK and a ten day volunteering trip abroad likely to be to western Kenya. This is an incredible opportunity to lead young people on a once in a lifetime experience and inspire them to have the confidence to overcome the challenges they face in their lives and their community.

A GROUP LEADER’s ROLE IS TO :

  • Lead a 1 hour group session once a week during term time. The evening of the week will depend on the leaders to agree. This will follow YoCO programme which YoCO will agree with the leaders at the start of each half term. It is likely to take more than one hour to engage with the young people both before and afterwards. You will need to create a safe, fun, inclusive environment and support the learning and personal development of all the group members. YoCO employees will support you in doing this.

  • Plan with the group and YoCO staff fund raising activities and accompany the group to some events which may be at weekends

  • Lead the group on one weekend’s residential trip in the UK organised by YoCO.

  • Lead the group on a ten-day overseas expedition organised by YoCO (this has been to volunteer with a Kenyan charity but other options are possible).

  • Regularly update YoCO staff with the groups progress and any issues arising within the group. This includes monitoring and contributing to the group’s social media.

  • Attend an induction meeting with a member of the YoCO team and complete a DBS check. Attend necessary training eg in Safeguarding which will be funded by YoCO.
     

GROUP LEADERS NEED:

  • To be enthusiastic about working with vulnerable young people and to have a commitment to motivate and inspire disaffected young people to achieve their potential. To have the ability to provide a positive role model for young people and to build a good rapport and trust.

  • To have a can-do and enthusiastic attitude

  • To have good listening skills and a non-judgmental attitude.

  • To have the ability to engage with young people and confidently challenge negative behaviours.

 

YoCO NEEDS YOU TO:

  • Be able to attend essential safeguarding and first aid training

  • Be reliable and punctual

  • Be a good problem solver

  • Prove satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced with list checks

  • Be willing to travel once on a residential weekend away and once on an overseas trip

  • Enjoy being part of a team.

IT WOULD HELP IF YOU HAD:

  • A valid driving licence

 

Other information

You will be given an induction and training at the start of working with YoCO and plenty of support when the programme starts.

You will also be expected to complete an enhanced DBS check and application form for working as a volunteer for YoCO

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Rachel Warren (Operations Manager)  info@yoco.online

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