We have the following volunteering opportunities:
1. Group support - face-to-face work with young people, evenings and Saturdays
2. Management Committee members - Meeting every 6 weeks to oversee the running of STEP
3. Community Fundraisers - If you are unable to commit to a regular time, perhaps helping to raise money for STEP would be more suited to you. If you have any ideas for this or are involved in any events, please get in touch.
Group Support Volunteers
STEP seeks positive adult role models (over 18 years of age) to work alongside Project Workers in small groups of 10 - 18 year olds. Groups are activity based with a therapeutic aim behind them, for example anger management, building self-esteem or improving communication skills could be looked at through art, drama or cooking.
Weekday evenings, 6-8pm. Volunteers work 1 session per week
Groups run in 14 week blocks so minimum commitment = 1 full set of groups
Daytimes - Saturday Project for young people with learning difficulties (10am-1pm), August Summer Programme, and half term holidays
STEP (Nythe Centre) for all groups, training and supervision
Skills and Qualifications
Enhanced police check (CRB) essential - to be completed during the induction
Empathy for young people
Flexible and reliable
Able to use own initiative
Approachable, enthusiastic and keen to "get stuck in!'
Must be willing to participate in training and supervision
To work with staff to ensure groups are relevant, documented and properly run
To work within S.T.E.P. guidelines on issues such as anti-discriminatory practice, confidentiality and child protection
To feedback to staff any concerns following group sessions
Application form, Informal Discussion, References, Police Check
All reasonable travel expenses are paid back. Volunteering at STEP should cost you nothing but your time. Volunteers make regular mileage claims for a personal vehicle or keep public transport tickets for reimbursement by cheque within one week. It is the volunteer's responsibility to ask for the relevant form and ensure the claim is submitted to the Administrator.
Training is currently being reviewed but sessions include Boundaries, Role of the Volunteer, Safeguarding Young People and Dealing with Difficult Situations.
Please request an application pack from STEP through the 'Contact Us' tab or on 01793 714042