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Mentoring Coordinator

Reports To: Mentoring Manager
Salary: £24,000 per annum
Location: Home-based, flexible with easy access to the Wiltshire area
Contract: Full Time, Fixed Term 1 Year, with potential to become permanent after 6 months
Holiday: 25 days per annum, plus public holidays
Application: Application Form
Closing Date: Thursday 28th November at 5pm

The Role

We are looking for a motivated individual to support the delivery and expansion of our Mentoring and Bursary Schemes. You will be involved in all aspects of the schemes, supporting the Mentoring Manager to ensure they run effectively. You will need experience of direct work with young people, as well as experience working with or managing volunteers.

This role includes responsibility for:

• Supporting the young people’s transition from the main programme into the Mentoring Scheme including attending their Pathway Days, and acting as a key point of contact for young people and their parents.

• Assisting the recruitment of volunteer mentors including fulfilling our commitment to Safer Recruitment.

• Organising, preparing and information sharing with volunteers to ensure they are ready to fulfil their role.

• Supporting the matching process to establish the best fit between young people and mentors.

• Acting as a key point of contact and support for volunteers throughout their time as a mentor, including being available on-call during session times which may occur in the evening and occasionally at weekends.

• Working in partnership with the young people’s families, referral agencies and other organisations to maximise the benefits for the young people involved.

• Creating and delivering training opportunities for new and existing volunteers in conjunction with the Mentoring Manager.

• Administrating all aspects of a volunteer and young person’s involvement with the Mentoring Scheme, including completing the relevant checks and references, record keeping and database maintenance.
• Facilitating young people’s access to the Bursary Scheme including promoting the scheme, assessing applications, identifying and acquiring items and requesting follow up feedback.

• Supporting the effective monitoring of the schemes and measurement of young people’s outcomes.

• Participating in sector networking and awareness raising on behalf of the Youth Adventure Trust.

• Acting as an ambassador for the Youth Adventure Trust at all times.

The post is subject to a six months’ probationary period.

The Candidate

To be up to the challenge you will need excellent understanding and a proven track record of working with vulnerable and challenging young people. You will need comprehensive knowledge of volunteering, and demonstrable skills at building effective relationships with volunteers, parents/carers, and professional organisations. You will need strong engagement skills to effectively support both the young people and volunteer mentors. You’ll be an excellent communicator, a strong team player and an exemplary role model.

We need someone with:

• Experience of direct work with vulnerable and challenging young people, ideally within a mentoring context.

• Experience of recruiting, supporting and working with volunteers.

• Experience of working in partnership with parents/carers and other professionals.

• Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

• A positive attitude, high energy and enthusiasm for the work of the Youth Adventure Trust.

• Self-motivation and the ability to work on their own initiative to plan and manage their workload. Excellent time management and prioritising skills.

• Excellent administrative skills and a methodical and thorough approach.

• The ability to perform well and problem solve in high-stress and changing situations. A flexible and dynamic approach.

• Strong IT skills including experience of e-mail, MS Office, databases and social media.

In addition:-

• The ability to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends as required, is essential - if you are looking for a predictable 9-5 work environment, this won’t be the right fit.

• A full clean driving licence and access to your own vehicle is required

Safer Recruitment

The Youth Adventure Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all employees to share this commitment. The suitability of all prospective employees will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. Therefore;

• a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required for this post;

• we will seek references on shortlisted candidates before interview, and may approach previous employers for information to verify particular experience or qualifications;

• if the applicant is shortlisted, any relevant issues arising from his or her references or application will be taken up at interview;

• if the applicant is currently working with children, on either a paid or voluntary basis, his or her current employer will be asked about disciplinary offences relating to children, including any in which the penalty is “time expired” (e.g. where a warning could no longer be taken into account in any new disciplinary hearing), and whether the applicant has been the subject of any child protection concerns, and if so, the outcome of any enquiry or disciplinary procedure. If the applicant is not currently working with children but has done so in the past, then contact will be made with that employer who will be asked about these issues; and

• applicants should note that providing false information is an offence and could result in the application being rejected, or dismissal if the applicant has been selected, and possible referral to the police.

Please review our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy available at www.youthadventuretrust.org.uk/safeguarding

How to Apply

Please complete the Application Form which you will find alongside additional application documents. Your application form includes the opportunity to outline why you think you are suitable for this role, making specific reference to the Role and Candidate descriptions above.

The Application Form should be returned to:-

Tessa Woodrow, Director of Programmes & Development
By Email:
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By Post:
Youth Adventure Trust
Windmill Hill Business Park
Whitehill Way
Swindon
SN5 6QR
Applications Closing Date: Thursday 28th November at 5pm
Interview Date: Thursday 5th December (Frome, Somerset)
A second interview will be held for selected candidates on Monday 16th December (Wiltshire)

Unfortunately we are unable to reimburse interview expenditure incurred.
The Youth Adventure Trust sincerely thanks all those who apply, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

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Equal Opportunities and Diversity Statement
Youth Adventure Trust is an equal opportunities employer, values diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment.

Volunteers Required

Volunteers are essential to the Youth Adventure Trust and we are always looking to recruit new and enthusiastic volunteers.  We are currently seeking volunteers to fulfil two possible roles.

Programme Volunteers

Our Programme Volunteers work with groups of young people alongside other volunteers and activity instructors across our local (Wiltshire) activity days and residential camps. They take part in the activities with their group, and are involved in ensuring the welfare and organisation of the young people, helping them to get the most out of their time on our programme.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be aged over 21 years old
  • Applicants will need to undertake an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Applicants will be required to provide two references
  • Applicants need to be enthusiastic, hardworking and willing to get involved in a wide range of activities. They should be responsible individuals and able to act as positive role models
  • Previous experience of working with young people would be beneficial, but is not essential

Challenge Event Volunteers

Our fundraising events offer a bespoke opportunity to companies and the general public to challenge themselves, and in doing so raise essential funds for the charity.  Challenge Event Volunteers are involved in a range of duties over a challenge event weekend which may include marshalling, cheering teams on, helping to resolve problems and celebrating the achievements of each and every participant.

Requirements

  • No special skills are required but applicants must be engaging, motivating, enthusiastic and professional
  • Applicants must be comfortable in a range of outdoor environments.  Some navigational skills would be beneficial but are not essential
  • Applicants need to be prepared for all weather conditions and bring along their own equipment such as waterproofs, suitable outdoor clothing and footwear
  • Applicants will need to arrange their own travel to the event (expenses will be covered where applicable)
  • Applicants must be aged over 18 years old

Mentor Volunteers

Mentors are carefully matched with a young person and work with them on a one to one basis within their local community. Although individual arrangements will vary, mentors meet with their young person for approximately 2 hours a fortnight, for up to a year, providing them with personalised support to achieve the most positive outcomes. With the support of the Mentoring Manager, mentors help the young person to identify goals, and assist them to work towards these. Whilst each young person has varying objectives, all mentors provide empathy to the challenges faced by the young person and give support, guidance and encouragement throughout the mentoring relationship.

Requirements

  • You must be aged over 21 years old
  • You will need to undertake an enhanced Disclosure & Barring check
  • You will be required to provide two references
  • Although beneficial, no previous experience of working with young people is required, as full training will be provided. All we ask is that you’re enthusiastic, reliable and committed to the mentoring relationship.

Our mentors are role models to the vulnerable young people we work with, and therefore should be responsible, resilient, good at communicating and have a desire to help young people.

More information is available on our Volunteers Page

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