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Family Action Islington and Camden Young Carers' Service

Families come in all shapes and sizes. No matter how they are constructed, Family Action is committed to supporting them to realise their potential. All families encounter difficult and challenging times and many will find ways to deal with their problems, getting the support they need from friends and relatives.

There are times, however, when problems can seem too overwhelming to manage. Family Action works to tackle some of the most complex and difficult issues facing families today � including financial hardship, mental health problems, social isolation, learning disabilities, domestic abuse, or substance misuse and alcohol problems.

Volunteer with Family Action; Islington and Camden Young Carers’ Service and help support Young Carers emotional health and wellbeing.

Young Carers are a particularly vulnerable population and some challenges they can face include increased isolation from peers, increased risk for depression and anxiety and lack of time to engage in fun and pro-social activities in the community.

As a volunteer activity worker you will support and build positive relationships with young carers by lending a helping hand at our targeted groups and activities, which are aimed at supporting the well-being of young carers.

Role Aim: 

Islington and Camden Young Carers Service provide support for Young Carers up to the age of 18. Young Carers are a particularly vulnerable population and some challenges they can face include increased isolation from peers, increased risk for depression and anxiety and lack of time to engage in fun and pro-social activities in the community.

We are looking for Volunteer Activity Workers to support in the delivery of targeted group sessions; the aims of these groups are to reduce isolation and well-being concerns young carers face.

Time commitment required: A minimum of four sessions (approx. 4 hours per session) over a 12 month period.

Duties: 

- To support in the delivery of targeted groups which are aimed at supporting the well-being of Young Carers

- To escort young carers to and from targeted group sessions whilst supporting independent travel skills.

- To encourage young carers to engage in the activities taking place

- To support in the setting up and clearing away of groups

- To participate in a debrief following group sessions

- To ensure you have an understanding (appropriate to your role) of, and comply with Family Action’s procedures for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

- To participate in an interview, undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check, provide required references and attend training

Skills needed: 

- Warm, caring and compassionate nature

- People focused with a positive attitude

- A non judgmental attitude

- A passion in engaging with and supporting young people

Training: 

In person training with regards to group work (incl. child protection, boundaries etc)

E-learning to be completed within 3 months of starting the role:

• Introduction to Safeguarding Children

• Introduction to Safeguarding Adults

• Introduction to Working Safely

• Data Protection

• Equality and Diversity

• Personal Safety

Location: 
Activities are held at various locations around Islington and Camden.
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
Groups are often held on weekday evenings (term-time) or during the daytime in school holidays. Groups will occasionally happen on a weekend.