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North East 2 afternoons per week / Flexible

Healthy Eating Volunteer and Youth Advisory Volunteer

Volunteer to help young people learn about cooking and healthy eating.
Coivd-19

Please note that as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic all recruitment is currently completed remotely via video/phone calls.

Introduction

Depaul UK offers homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfill their potential and move towards an independent and positive future.  Depaul UK manages a range of accommodation for homeless young people in the UK and Ireland, as well as providing resettlement, pre-employment training and other support services for homeless and socially disadvantaged young people.

Project description

The NE Programmes Team work with clients in supported accommodation, those receiving support whilst living in their own tenancies and any young person who is working with Depaul UK due to homelessness or because of the risk of homelessness. The Programmes Team focus around education, training, employment and volunteering (ETEV).

Aim of the volunteer role

The purpose of this volunteer role is to give young people the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge around healthy eating. The volunteer in this role will be going into supported accommodations in the North East area and taking lead on cooking sessions with the young people.

This volunteer will also be involved with the Youth Advisory Board (YAB). YAB is a group of current Depaul UK clients who will be working with Depaul to give their feedback about services. This will include coming along to meetings to voice their opinions and sharing feedback. This volunteer will mesh this with cooking activities by using the cooking as an opportunity for open discussions and encouragement on becoming involved in YAB.

Main Tasks:

a) To organise and promote healthy eating cooking sessions across Depaul projects in the North East.

b) To bring new ideas, encouragement and motivation around healthy eating to young people accessing Depaul services.

c) To be confident in shopping for ingredients with young people, this will vary depending on what is local to the young people. There may be times the volunteer in post will need to collect the ingredients and bring them to the project ready to start the session.

d) To work with young people by developing and encourage their healthy eating habits, not only by cooking sessions but sharing recipes and having discussions.

e) To be involved in the encouragement and support of the YAB group.

f) To attend training and support sessions where appropriate.

g) To attend the 1-1 support sessions with the designated supervisor every 8 weeks

h) To attend the volunteer forums every 12 weeks

i) Adhere to the terms of Depaul UK’s policies currently in force and its Code of Practice.

j) To contribute positively to the continuous development of the project/team.

k) To observe clear professional boundaries in our relations with the young people we work with.

Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge

Good communication skills, cooking skills and a non-judgemental approach is needed for this role, as well as the ability to be patient with the young people while developing their skills and knowledge.

A level 2 food hygiene qualification is needed, Depaul can provide this free of charge to the volunteer via E-learning.

Induction and training

An initial induction to Depaul UK and the project will be provided, including an exploration of Depaul UK’s Code of Conduct and Confidentiality policy. The volunteer will have access to all Depaul UK training courses if appropriate. The volunteer for this role will also need to complete the level 2 food hygiene course via e-learning.

Benefits to the volunteer

– Travel expenses to and from the workplace, travel between workplaces, and all genuine out-of-pocket expenses, are reimbursed.
– While working at the project, voluntary workers have full liability insurance cover.
– There are appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that voluntary workers make.
– Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation
– Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of young people.
– Good experience and skill to add to CV.
– Reference will be available after six months of volunteering.

Equal opportunities

Depaul UK, as an organisation with a Vincentian ethos, believes that it is essential to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Depaul, as both employers and service provider, is committed to opposing discrimination and will not discriminate against any person because of their ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, responsibility for children or dependants, age, employment status, disability, HIV status, religious or political beliefs or because of unrelated criminal convictions.

We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Location North East Hours Part Time
North East 3 hours per week / Flexible

Volunteer Mentor – NE

Volunteer as a mentor with young people in the North East
Covid-19

Special notice: Please note that during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic we are supporting and recruting volunteers to provide mentoring over the phone. We’d love your support during this trying time, so please do consider making an application.

Introduction

Depaul UK offers homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfill their potential and move towards an independent and positive future.  Depaul UK manages a range of accommodation for homeless young people in the UK and Ireland, as well as providing resettlement, pre-employment training and other support services for homeless and socially disadvantaged young people.

Project description

Mentoring is a service within Depaul which supports young people to become more independent, to learn skills that they will use when move on from our services. For example this could be cooking or budgeting skills.  The young people using the mentoring service will already have goals they would like to work on, these goals will all be productive for independence such as getting out into the community and building social networks.  The mentor will meet with their mentee once a week for up to three hours at a time and complete an activity.  The volunteer mentors will always be supported by the volunteer mentor co-ordinator.

Aim of the volunteer role

To provide mentoring support to people from a variety of backgrounds who are making the transition to independence.  To deliver fun and engaging mentoring sessions to Depaul clients. The focus will be based on health & wellbeing, skills development, creativity and community involvement.

Activities
  • To meet with your mentee for up to three hours a week and complete fun but productive sessions with them working on their already identified goals.
  • To be a listening ear for the mentee
  • To contact your mentee weekly to arrange sessions
  • To contact the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator after the sessions by either text message, email or phone call.  This is logging the sessions and keeping a record of time and activity spent with the mentee.
  • To email the expense record to the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator to claim back expenses
  • To attend one support session every eight weeks with the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator
  • To attend volunteer forums which take place once every three months, volunteer forums are a great way to get together and discuss our experiences.  We often have guest speakers from other organisations.
Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge

Volunteers should have an understanding of the issues faced by disadvantaged young people such as homelessness.  The ability to work in a non-judgemental manner is also essential. Good communication, listening and IT skills are important to this role.

Support and supervision

As a volunteer you will be line managed by the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator, Emma Mohan.  Emma will be providing constant support and guidance throughout your volunteering to ensure that the experience is enjoyable for you as well as for your mentee.

Induction and training

Volunteer Induction training and mentor training must be completed before volunteering can begin. This is to ensure you have a good understanding of your role and feel confident in your volunteering. The Volunteer Induction training is a full day course welcoming you to Depaul and exploring policies and procedures as well as Safety Framework. Mentor training is a half day course covering all of the practicalities for your volunteering role. Volunteers providing an ongoing commitment will have access to Depaul UK training courses if appropriate.

Commitment

A commitment of 3 hours a week is desirable, there will also be some evening and weekend events.  You can choose to volunteer week days, evenings and Saturdays.

If you are unable to offer this much time, but are still interested, please do contact us and we can try to come to an agreement. We are flexible and appreciate that people’s circumstances do change and that it may prove impossible to adhere to this. If you have not been active in your volunteering for 3 months we will contact you and if you have not been active for 6 months your volunteering role will naturally be ended.  You would then re-apply for any volunteering at Depaul again going through the full volunteer recruitment process.

Benefits to the Volunteer
  • Travel expenses to and from the project; all genuine out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.
  • While volunteering at the project, volunteers have full liability insurance cover.
  • Appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that volunteers make.
  • Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation
  • References will be available after a period of six months volunteering.
  • Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.
  • You will be able to add volunteering to your CV.
Equal Opportunities

Depaul UK, as an organisation with a Vincentian ethos, believes that it is essential to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Depaul UK, as both employers and service provider, is committed to opposing discrimination and will not discriminate against any person because of their ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, responsibility for children or dependants, age, employment status, disability, HIV status, religious or political beliefs or because of unrelated criminal convictions.  Part of your volunteering role is to adhere to this ethos.

Application

By email to Emma.Mohan@depaulcharity.org.uk

We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Location North East Hours Part Time
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