Buddy - Hambleton

The Buddy Network is a befriending project for young people across North Yorkshire.

The aim of the project is to support 14-19 yr olds by helping them to gain confidence, meet their goals and reach independence.
Referrals taken from the Prevention Service. A volunteer buddy will develop a relationship with a young person once that young person has moved on from the Prevention Service. A Buddy will meet with a young person for around 1 hour a week, or whatever contact is needed.
Together, the buddy and young person (and referring worker in some instances) will develop a befriending agreement and identify progression routes and goals. The buddy and young person will meet regularly for a period of approximately 6 months. Meetings will follow a simple framework to allow progression and reflection.
A volunteer Buddy is an additional supporter helping young people to reach their potential, rather than a replacement for a Prevention Service Worker.
· Will be trained and supported to provide the appropriate level of help and support to a young person.
· Will undergo an intensive selection process and will be offered a range of mandatory and developmental training.
· Is not the end of the road for a young person. If a young person develops additional needs or previous issues return, the young person will be referred back into The Prevention Service.
· Will be supported by a Youth Development Worker from NYY.
· Will be invited to network meetings to meet up with other buddies from across the area.

Skills or experience required?:

Excellent Listening skills
First-rate interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to engage young people
Ability to encourage strengths and challenge weaknesses
Commitment to personal development
Patience
Reliable
Non-Judgemental
Enthusiastic and positive
Persistence
Awareness of issues facing young people
Life experience
Flexibility to work evenings and/or weekends where necessary

Frequency of opportunity: Ongoing
Can this opportunity be home based?: No
What are the areas of interest?: Befriending & buddying, Children & young people, Health & wellbeing
Type(s) of cause supported: Children, young people & families
Where is the opportunity located?: Hambleton
Includes out of pocket expenses?: Yes
How many hours per week is this opportunity?: 1 hour minimum
You can volunteer for this opportunity at the following times:

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