Thrive Space Volunteer
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SummarySupporting secondary school students through drop in sessions and group mentoring courses.
• Role title: Thrive Space Volunteer
• Based: St Peter’s Secondary School, Hinchingbrooke Secondary School
• Responsible to: Project Lead
• Hours of work: 3 hours, weekly during term time
Overview of role
Thrive Youth Work Huntingdon is a Christian project that aims to see the lives of young people transformed. We do this by partnering with churches, schools, and communities to offer programmes that support the social, emotional, and spiritual growth of young people.
Thrive Space is designed to support SMSC (social, moral, spiritual, cultural) development in students through fun, reflective activities around key themes such as emotions and identity. We explore these themes through games and questions to stimulate discussion. Students are referred to structured group sessions by teachers during lesson times or can drop in during break and lunch.
This role would be a brilliant opportunity for anyone who would like to be part of our mission to serve and care for young people in the area, and has experience working with young people. It would also be beneficial if Thrive Space volunteers also supported one of the youth cafés.
· Engage with students who drop in at break times through games, challenges, and discussions
· Support the group sessions by engaging students in discussion around course materials, or supplement with targeted 1:1 mentoring
· Take part in mentoring and safeguarding training with Thrive
· Follow the school’s safeguarding procedures to ensure the welfare and safety of students
· Maintain appropriate and safe boundaries
· Communicate regularly with the school pastoral and safeguarding lead, and the Thrive Mentoring coordinator
Skills and Experience:
· Strong communication and listening skills
· Experience working with young people
· Able to follow safeguarding procedures
· Able to work as part of a team
· Able to build relationships with adults and young people
· Good understanding of mental health and social issues faced by young people
· Mentoring experience desirable, but not necessary
· Passionate about youth work and/or mental health
· Warm and approachable
· Reliable and trustworthy
· Organised and self-motivated
· Respectful and unjudgmental
· Committed to nurturing the emotional and social growth of young people
What we will provide to volunteers💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
About Thrive Youth Work Huntingdon
We do this through:
• Thrive Schools Work – Thrive provides programmes for students in local secondary schools whom the school have identified as needing additional pastoral and mental health support. We do this through our 1:1 mentoring programme and tailored support groups. These are programmes designed to provide a listening ear, a safe space, and pastoral support across a range of issues.
• Thrive Community Programmes – Thrive provides weekly youth cafes during term time. These are safe spaces for young people to socialise after school during their free time, engage in fun activities, access pastoral support, and connect with local youth workers. Additionally, we provide an exciting range of activities through our Summer Programme.
• Thrive Faith Activities - Thrive offers opportunities throughout the year for young people of all faiths and none to explore Christian faith, including our half termly Thrive Collectives, and a Summer Residential.