Barnardo’s Care Leaver Befriender

A bit about the role

This is a statutory service, commissioned by Derbyshire County Council. The primary role of the service is to offer support and guidance as well as practical assistance for young people leaving care into independence between the ages of 171/2 and 21 years. This is within the remit of the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000.
Care leavers can feel isolated and are often vulnerable young people with a range of support needs such as, being able to confidently access public transport and help with personalising their home.
We are looking for volunteers who can make a regular commitment of at least 2 hours, weekly or fortnightly, over a minimum period of 6 months. There will be a robust training package, regular supervision and ongoing support. Volunteer befrienders will be allocated according to the identified needs and characteristics of the young person whilst taking into account their availability, both in terms of time the can commit as well as travelling distance.

Desired Skills/Experience:

 previous experience of engaging with young people
 ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with service users whilst maintaining professional boundaries (training will be given)
 a sensitive and non-judgemental approach
 good communication and listening skills
 willingness to undertake a comprehensive induction and training programme
 own transport advantageous but not essential
 ability to commit to a minimum of 6 months with the project


Tracey Justice

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