Volunteer opportunity description
We need a volunteer to support the Life skills Coordinator in running cooking and budgeting sessions for young people housed in our Hostel. The role would suit someone who is keen to develop skills in working with young people and/or in the catering and hospitality industry.
Young Persons’ Hostel
We have a 32 room hostel for homeless young people aged 16 – 25. Our vision is to provide a personalised package to support young people to develop their independent living skills and to work with them to achieve their goals and aspirations. We have a person-focussed approach which encourages us to recognise that each human being is different with complex needs and so our response needs to be multi-layered.
The Centre works with homeless young people, badly housed families, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants; helping them to obtain employment and break out of the cycle of homelessness and exclusion.
Summary of role
The newly recruited Lifeskills Coordinator is responsible for creating and delivering a structured programme of support and engagement centred around developing cooking skills for our young residents. We are looking for a volunteer to support the Life skills Coordinator in running cooking and budgeting sessions for young people housed in our Hostel. The role would involve a commitment of a half day per week and would suit someone who is keen to develop skills in working with young people and/or in the catering and hospitality industry. The future plan is to extend this service to other non-resident users of the Cardinal Hume Centre.
How does this role make a difference?
The aim is to facilitate independence, team working, planning, budgeting and other life skills.
Who will you be helping?
Our residents are referred to our hostel and come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some are refugees or asylum seekers; some may have found themselves homeless following family breakdown or have left the care system. Increasingly we are seeing young unaccompanied minors who have the additional challenge of speaking little or no English.
What will you be doing?
· Helping with budgeting, shopping and cookery workshops
· To escort and assist young clients with buying their ingredients within their budget.
· Helping to Lifeskills Coordinator to engage, inspire, and instil confidence in the participants
What are we looking for?
Some experience of working or volunteering with young people is desirable.
An understanding of and empathy for issues faced by homeless and vulnerable young people.
Able to maintain confidentiality and appropriate professional boundaries.
Experience of cooking and/or teaching cooking to beginners.
An up to date food & hygiene certificate would be helpful.
Have an understanding of and commitment to diversity and anti-discriminatory practice.
How will you be supported?
· You will be supported by the Lifeskills Development Coordinator
· You will receive a Centre induction (1 hour)
· You will receive a half days training on safeguarding and professional boundaries.
· You will be reimbursed for reasonable and agreed ‘out of pocket’ expenses such as travel and for lunch if working a full day.
What is the recruitment procedure?
Application form> Informal interview> ideally two reference checks> DBS check> trial period
Our volunteer needs
We need volunteers who are free at these times