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About the organisation

Young Hackney

Young Hackney is the Council’s Early Help and Prevention Service for all young people aged 6 – 19 or up to 25 for young people with special education needs or disabilities. Young Hackney works to ensure that all young people in the borough of Hackney enjoy their youth and have support in their transition to an independent and successful adulthood. Our goal is to help remove barriers to progression and support young people to reach their full potential. We run universal services such as youth clubs and sports & citizenship activities as well as offering advice and help to young people who need additional support, on subjects like education, employment, housing or health.

Are you passionate about supporting and inspiring young people? Do you have a particular skill or life experience that could be used to organise fun activities that could help young people to learn and develop new skills set?

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to organize and deliver activities and groups for young people age 8-12 & 13-19 in Young Hackney’s Youth Hub. Volunteers will use their areas of competency, skills and life experiences to inspire young people and support them to develop new skills. This is a great opportunity for an active and vivacious individual who wants to gain experience in working with young people in a social care setting and at the same time offer back to the community.

Role Aim: 

Our Youth Hubs are the space where young people can develop their core personal, social, emotional, and educational capabilities, develop their own agency, voice and influence. We offer a range of positive engagement activities and youth clubs for young people aged 8-12 and 13-19 years old during term time; and summer scheme activities during school holidays. Some of the activities include cooking, gardening, drama, music, ICT, sports etc. Our two main centres, Forest Road and The Edge, offer chill out areas with kitchens, TV, pool and tennis tables, video and board games, ICT suites, multi-use activity rooms, meeting rooms and consultation rooms for drop-in sessions, sports hall and a recording studio. They are the home to a number of youth led social action projects, the Hackney Youth Parliament, North & South Forum, Hackney Get Heard and the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund.

Duties: 

? To create an open, welcoming and safe space for young people in the youth hub, while volunteering as a part of a team of dedicated youth workers (staff and volunteers)

* To organise, plan and deliver alongside staff activities for young people based on a particular practical skill you possess. Activities might include arts based projects, cooking, gardening, environmental awareness projects, skills building projects etc.

* To prepare session areas, provide materials and run activities with young people.

* To develop positive relationships with young people, while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.

* To adhere to health and safety and other Young Hackney policies.

* To attend relevant to your role training and engage in supervision.

Skills needed: 

? An understanding of the issues affecting young people and/or experience gained formally or informally or life experience of working in a setting involving young people.

* Any set of skills and the attitude to use them in order to create activities/groups/projects for young people

* Basic understanding of safeguarding of children and young people.

* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with young people.

* Able to treat young people with respect and discretion, maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.

* Able to maintain accurate records and efficiently share information where needed.

Training: 

induction

safeguarding

professional boundaries

youth work

health and safety

Location: 
Forest Road Youth Centre 29 Forest Road Dalston Hackney E8 3BY and/or The Edge 7 Woodberry Downs Manor House Hackney N4 1SN
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
N/A
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here