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Volunteer Advocate

Across Gloucestershire

Barnardo’s is committed to providing ‘Better Outcomes for More Children’. Our children’s services volunteers help the charity to deliver essential services in local communities, providing support to over 300,000 children, young people and their families. This role provides a great opportunity to join our fantastic children’s services and help make a real difference.

Barnardo’s Advocates empower children and young people experiencing the care system, to make sure that their rights are respected and their voices are heard at all times. Advocates represent the views, wishes and needs of young people, helping them to navigate the social care system at a very challenging and often scary time for the young person.

We are looking for approachable and confident people, who are able to listen to young people, support them to make their voice heard and guide them through the social care system. You will need to be a great communicator and able to support and encourage young people to engage with professionals.

More about this role

Volunteer role: Advocate

Volunteer Manager: Volunteer Manager/Supervisor

Where you will be based: Children's services

Why we want you

Barnardo's protects, supports and nurtures the UK's most vulnerable children. Barnardo's helps bring out the best in children – no matter who they are or what they have been through. Our volunteers help make this happen.

What you will be doing

  • Accompanying children and young people to attend meetings or attending on their behalf.
  • Supporting children to have their voices heard on decisions that affect them.
  • Promoting and encouraging service users to make active choices and informed decisions.
  • Encouraging and enabling service users to better participate with the service and opportunities provided, by ascertaining their views and ensuring their voice is heard.
  • Providing emotional/moral support for children and young people, while maintaining an appropriate volunteer/service user rapport.
  • Adhering to Barnardo's policies and procedures at all times, including Barnardo's: Safeguarding; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Health & Safety; Data Protection; Confidentiality; Recording policies and procedures.
  • Participating fully in training and supervision.
  • Volunteering within Barnardo's Basis and Values.

The skills you need

  • Reliable, punctual and trustworthy.
  • Approachable and welcoming.
  • The ability to empathise with children, who may be facing difficult times in their lives.
  • Awareness of factors impacting on and issues facing young people (e.g. Disadvantage, poverty, disabilities, health conditions including mental health).
  • Being passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, young people and families.

What's in it for you

  • Full induction and training.
  • Other training opportunities relevant to the volunteer role.
  • Regular supervision and support.
  • Out of pocket expenses agreed in advance.
  • Access to the Barnardo’s internal vacancy listing.

Our volunteers tell us about lots of other benefits of volunteering including; experience of working with children, young people and families; experience for your CV; supporting your local community; meeting new people; increasing self-confidence; feeling like you are making a difference; improving your health and wellbeing; and a chance to contribute to a worthwhile children’s charity.

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For an informal discussion please contact Emma the number in the contact details..

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