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Are you passionate about investing in ‘at risk’ young people?

Information / Advice volunteers needed for The Mustard Tree Foundation in RG1

Are you passionate about investing in ‘at risk’ young people? Do you want to be part of enabling transformation in the lives of young people who are caught up in crime, violence, and risk-taking behaviour? Could you provide 2 hours a week?

Starting Point is launching a volunteer Navigators scheme within The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s A&E department in Reading.

Navigators provide one-to-one support for young people (13-25) in A&E who are involved in violence or risk-taking behaviour, helping them to access ongoing support within the wider community.

In partnership with the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Thames Valley Police we are recruiting, training, and equipping volunteers who are able to offer relational, tailored and holistic support in a time of crisis. Providing a friendly face and listening ear, then enabling the young person to access ongoing support in their wider community.

What does being a Navigator involve?

  • Outreach support in A&E – Each navigator is put on a weekly rota for 2 hours outreach within A&E, engaging with young people identified by the hospital staff. This is primarily evenings but does also include daytime outreach. – Each volunteer’s availability is taken into account in scheduling the rota.
  • Completing assessments and evaluation – Both during and after meeting a young person in A&E there are simple tools and assessments for each Navigator to complete. – Training will be provided.
  • Following up with each Young Person – This includes calls and texts and/or meeting up with the young person within the community or at our centrally based Mentoring Hub.
  • Sign-Posting – In initial meetings and follow ups, Navigators will sign-post young people to relevant services locally. This may include completing a referral with a young person.
  • Completing ongoing paperwork – Along with YP assessments and evaluations, Navigators complete logs on each Young Person met in A&E.

Role requirements and experience:
Essential:

  • Able to work within a high intensity environment – A&E
  • Good communication skills
  • Active listening skills
  • Flexibility
  • Reliable
  • Non-judgmental

Desirable:

  • Previous experience of supporting young people with complex needs.
  • Understanding of Trauma Informed Practice
  • PC literate
  • Resourceful – able to find information / access services.

The support Navigators provide has the potential to have a transformational impact on the lives of local young people in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire! Could you play a part?

Contact person firstname
Sam Lloyd,
Lastname
Their phone number?
01189567000
Location address line 1
Starting Point
Line 2
90 London Street
Town
Reading
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG1 4SJ

Map
Location description
Starting Point Reading / Royal Berkshire Hospital
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Information / Advice
Will suit someone like this:
Good sense of humourPatientSupportive
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Yes
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Ongoing
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Regular supervision and support from the Starting Point team. training can also be provided
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
By prior agreement
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
21
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
10
Opportunity added on
21 January 2021