Children's Activity Support - Group Helper (Aberdeen Young Carers)

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Barnardo’s are committed to providing ‘Better Outcomes for More Children’. Our 2,000 Children's Services volunteers help the charity to deliver essential services in local communities, providing support to over 300,000 children, young people and their families. This role provides a great opportunity to join our fantastic children’s services volunteers, who make a real difference to children, young people and their families.

A young carer is someone up to the age of 18 who provides unpaid help and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who due to illness or disability cannot manage to live independently without the carer’s help. It may involve practical support like cooking, housework, or emotional support.
A group volunteer with Aberdeen Young Carers will assist staff members in delivering any planned activities e.g. cooking, dancing, arts & crafts etc. They will actively participate with the activity, encourage young people to join in and have fun and build up positive relationships with the children and young people by being friendly and non-judgemental. They will also have the opportunity to lead groups if they wish to. At this time we have 2 opportunities – our Saturday groups which run on the 1st Saturday of every month, and Sports Groups which run in partnership with Sport Aberdeen weekly during term-time. Hours expected can be discussed at application stage. There will also be the opportunity for volunteers to help with our school holiday programmes, on an ad-hoc basis or at events. Events typically include summer outings, Christmas parties and Young Carers’ festivals. Further opportunities are available to assist in promoting our events e.g. putting up posters and spreading the word, in helping us at recruitment events, or in fundraising.