Redbridge Carers' Support Service' mission is to make a positive difference to the lives of unpaid carers in the diverse communities of Redbridge by providing them with a range of services support and recognition.
About the role
The Young Adult Carers Project is aimed at carers aged 17-30 years old who provide unpaid care in a variety of ways to someone maybe within their family, friends or neighbours experiencing a range of difficulties such as mental health problems, physical disabilities, learning difficulties and substance misuse. We provide a variety of services to the carer such as individual support, advice, development workshops, complementary therapies and support groups. As part of new funding from the Big Lottery, Redbridge Carers Support Service(RCSS) is looking to recruit volunteer mentors for our exciting Young Adult Carers Project.
Mentors will provide one-to-one support for at least six months to a young adult carer to facilitate their personal and professional growth, helping them work towards and achieve their goals and aspirations.
Main tasks and responsibilities
- Developing one-to-one mentoring relationship with a young adult carer aged 17-30 years.
- Responsible for meeting with the assigned carer for the agreed-upon time frame (i.e., fortnightly for at least 6 months)
- Act as a resource and guide
- Supporting young adult carer to identify goals and targets to work towards
- Empowering them to make their own decisions about their development
- Signposting them to other organisations for support
- Respect the carer’s right to self-determination and independence
- Work closely with the Young Adult Carers Project staff at RCSS and adhere to all policies and procedures
Experience, skills and attributes needed
- Good communication and listening skills
- The ability to gain trust and respect from young adults whilst maintaining appropriate boundaries
- A confident and positive outlook
- Empathy and understanding of the carers experience whilst remaining objective
- Non judgmental
- A flexible and creative approach to solving problems
- The ability to interact with people and work as part of a team
- Good planning and organisational skills
- Committed and reliable
The minimum age requirement for this role is 21+
What this role can offer for volunteers
- Training in communication skills, the role of a mentor and diversity training
- Increased skills and experience in working with young adults
- Helping and development of young adult carers and making a real difference to their lives
- Regular support and supervision from the Young Adult Carers Project Manager
Recruitment process: Application form followed by interview
DBS check required: Yes
References required: Two references from someone who is not related to the volunteer but has known the volunteer through some formal capacity eg volunteering, education, employment
Induction arrangements: RCSS Volunteer induction, training course & supervision
Mandatory training: Yes – two hours training sessions but these can fit around the volunteer and be done 1-2-1 if necessary
Disabled access: Ground floor office, otherwise will be out in the community.
Extra help/support: Discussed individually, support offered is dependent on individual needs.
Supervision: Regular supervision will be provided.