Children's Group and Individual Supporter (Plymouth Young Carers)

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Barnardo’s is committed to providing ‘Better Outcomes for More Children’. Our 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 and help make a real difference.

Plymouth Young Carers supports young people aged 5-18 who care for a family member with either a mental health problem, physical disability, learning disability, long term illness, or substance misuse problem.

Barnardo’s Children’s Group and Individual Supporters work with young carers on a group and individual basis, to build their self-confidence, skills and positive relationships. The group or individual support could be focused on a particular need, such as confidence building or developing coping mechanisms, or it could be more focused around achieving specific goals, such as building community networks or accessing further education.

Young Carers Groups currently run weekly during term time. The service also runs holiday activity days for young carers, where volunteer support would also be beneficial. Individual support sessions to young carers would require a minimum commitment of 1-3 hours every week or fortnight.

We are looking for volunteers who have a passion for making a difference in young carer’s lives, a fun and approachable attitude, and an ability to support young people on a one-to-one basis and in group activities.