Host Organisation: Forum Housing Association

To engage positively with a young person in our Supported Lodgings service; meeting regularly with them to encourage participation and independent living skills.

Opportunity Interests: Children and Young People, Housing, Men, People with Drug & Alcohol Issues, People with Mental Health Issues, Social and Community Care, Sport and Leisure, Voluntary and Community Sector Support, Women
Type of Activity: Coaching / Mentoring, Providing Advice, Youth Work
Location: Cheshire East, Congleton, Crewe
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Anytime

1. To attend an initial meeting with the young person alongside the Supported Lodgings Coordinator to define the purpose and guidelines and timeline for the activities or support
2. Provide support to service users on an individual and group basis giving information, guidance, and support.
3. Support and encourage the young person to attend appointments and arranged sessions such as health, education or training. Accompany them where arranged
4. Share ideas for activities and service improvement with your supervisor
5. Report any concerns about young people or others to your supervisor immediately
6. To work safely, to comply with health and safety instructions and information
7. To undertake induction training including Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults, Professional Boundaries, Confidentiality, Health and Safety and key policies
8. Operate within Forum’s Policies and Procedures and seek guidance where required
9. To be aware of risk assessment for any arranged activity, and communicate any risk identified to your supervisor
10. To check in and out of each session with your supervisor and follow all Lone Working guidance
11. To complete a written record of each session with the young person
12. To make use of regular supervision and support to aid the development of your role, and your own personal development goals.

Activities may include (but are not limited to)
• Support to attend appointments
• Encourage, guide and promote education, training and employment goals
• CV building and support with goal setting
• Money management
• Cooking and nutrition
• Self-care and meditation
• Arts and crafts
• Walking / cycling or other physical activity

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

No formal skills or qualifications are required for this role. However, volunteers must have an ability to engage positively with young people. Suitable volunteers must also have willingness to understand and work within Forum’s values as well as all relevant Policies and Procedures. Volunteers must be willing to attend induction training.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Mileage at £0.45 per mile, or reasonable public transport costs as agreed.
Lunch at a rate of £3.00 if volunteering for a full day

What support is available for the volunteer?:

• Volunteer Mentor Induction training consisting of 3 sessions
• Regular supervision and guidance from Supported Lodgings Coordinator and Training & Volunteer Coordinator
• Access to various training and events alongside staff and hosts
• A point of contact for every visit carried out in order to ‘de-brief’ and access support where required
• Option to spend time within our other services across Wirral, Cheshire and Warrington to learn more about the Association
• References can be provided after 6 months of active volunteering

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Volunteer Mentor Induction training (3 sessions one day per week for 3 weeks) to include Safeguarding , Lone Working, Professional Boundaries, Confidentiality, Health & Safety, introduction to the service and the Association
Access to Forum's staff training including Trauma Awareness and other events