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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 mentor you will build a safe and positive relationship with a young carer, meeting them regularly to help combat isolation, increase emotional health and encourage them to develop, grow and look towards their future.

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 mentors to provide support to individual young carers on a regular basis to help combat isolation, increase emotional health and encourage them to develop, grow and look towards their future.

Time commitment required: Two sessions per month lasting 2-3 hours at a time. Minimum of 9 months/18 sessions commitment

A small budget will be given for mentor/mentee sessions

Duties: 

Responsibilities/role description

• To establish and build a safe, positive relationship with your mentee through regular meetings

• To arrange and participate in various social activities with your mentee

• To provide an open ad non judgmental listening ear for your mentee

• To support your mentee to achieve agreed goals

• To give feedback following mentoring sessions

• To participate in regular supervision 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: 

- To be dynamic and reliable

- Good communication and listening skills

- A non-judgmental and empathetic attitude

- An understanding of the needs of young people.

Training: 

In person training around Mentoring (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: 
Within the community – young person will live in Islington or Camden
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
The days and time of the volunteering would be dependent on what the volunteer and young person decide upon together. Most mentors meet their young person on a weekend in the morning/afternoon, however they could meet on a weekday after school if this is suitable to both.