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Befriender for a Disabled Child - Barnardo's

Closing date: 11 June 2020


Barnardo’s believes in children regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour. Our purpose as a charity today is to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

We believe in the abused, the most vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child.

We do this because we believe that every child deserves the best start in life and the chance to fulfil their potential.

We use the knowledge gained from our direct work with children to campaign for better childcare policy and to champion the rights of every child.

With the right help, committed support and a little belief, even the most vulnerable children can turn their lives around. Barnardo’s is regulated by the Charity Commission. Being a registered charity means that we must always be accountable and transparent.

Role description: 

About the role
Barnardo's is recruiting befrienders to build up a relationship with a young person who has a disability and support them in taking part in a leisure activity of their choice. 
The aim of the project is to support the development of the young person's self esteem, independence and social skills whilst also providing a short break service to the family. 
You'll be joining a well respected and growing team with a passion for getting the best for children and young people, the role is highly rewarding and the more fun you have, the more you'll succeed.
Experience, skills and attributes needed
  • Able to build a meaningful relationship with a young person
  • Volunteers should above all have a genuine interest in children and young people with disabilities
  • To be 'young at heart' and have a good sense of humour
  • Good communication and organisational skills and able to commit to arrangements once they are made, which requires reliability and good time keeping
  • Volunteers should be able to work as part of a team 
  • Be able to keep in contact by responding to emails and calls from Barnardo's staff
  • As notes are written after each visit, volunteers should be able to write clear, basic reports
  • Need to have a mobile phone and access to a computer

The minimum age requirement for this role is 18+

What this role can offer for volunteers
This opportunity offers a great chance to meet new people and enjoy a fulfilling and exciting role, plus the opportunity to build your C.V. We provide references for volunteers after they have completed 6 months volunteering. When appropriate we encourage volunteers to apply for Barnardo's staff vacancies. 

Other information: 

Recruitment process: All volunteers will have to complete a registration form and supply us with two current (most recent employer, colleagues and or supervisors) professional references covering a period of two years.

On average recruitment takes 4 weeks. 

Induction and training: A full induction into the work of Barnardo's and our values is provided, along with mandatory training: Barnardo's Safeguarding, Equality & Diversity, (and other modules from our training modules as appropriate). Volunteers receive regular supervision and support from the project co-ordinator as agreed with you. 

DBS check required: Yes

Sessions can be once or twice a month for example, at times to be agreed between the volunteer and young person. Volunteering mainly takes place after school or at weekends. We ask for a minimum of 8 hours per month. We are looking for someone who can give a commitment of 12 months. The administrative work can be completed at our office or at the volunteer's home. Our office is accessible.
Expenses: Travel only

Type of activity: 

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