The Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey is currently recruiting for our “Connect 2” scheme. We need volunteers (aged 18 and over) to mentor disabled young people and enable them to get out and have fun as well as become more independent.
Why we need you
There are many disabled young people who are not currently able to go out by themselves to socialise and be active. For a teenager this lack of independence is frustrating and greatly affects their quality of life and future development.
Often the barriers to their independence in the community are relatively simple things like a lack of confidence or ability to use money / travel safely or communicate with strangers.
These barriers can be addressed by the young person with the help of a responsible adult who is prepared to invest their time and energy in them.
What you’ll do
Once you’re through our recruitment and training process, you’ll be matched with a disabled young person and go out with them once every two weeks as a minimum.
Your responsibility will be to ensure the young person is safe, having fun and learning something each time.
Your role to the young person is also that of a mentor, someone who encourages them as they develop into adulthood. You would continue to meet with the young person for 6 months to 1 year.
What’s in it for you?
The main benefit for you is the opportunity to invest your time and energy in the development of another person. As you get to know the young person and see them develop, you will get a great sense of satisfaction that your time has been well spent and will have long lasting consequences.
You get to do fun things for free as your trips, activities and travel will be reimbursed and you will also receive training and experience at one of the largest youth centres in the country which will be of great benefit if you are looking to a career in anything that involves working with people.
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact James Davis to request an application form – firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can call James on 020 7232 5308 to find out more.