How many places are on offer?
To support with the delivery of our training workshops both within our in house training facility and external educational settings.
To become a fully qualified Peer Educator and gain a Level 2 qualification by accessing our free course prior to the position taking place.
To use your prior knowledge of the subject area to give back and help others.
The position would be ideal for anyone wanting to gain experience towards a career in either providing support, or working with youngsters.
Incentives include free travel, lunches, a level 2 qualification, training, work experience and to fill a gap on your CV... among other things.
About The Service…
Broxtowe Youth Homelessness (BYH), is a charity that provides support and advice for young people aged 16-25. It is primarily aimed at individuals that have been, are currently, or are about to be homeless. This can include all types of homelessness, from sofa surfing through to living on the streets. Additionally, we also offer advice and guidance for other complex issues such as mental and physical health, domestic abuse, substance misuse, debt & benefits, and general well-being. We also educate young people about homelessness through our Home Street Home workshops, delivered mainly in schools across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
For many young people, the transition from living in a ‘family’ environment to supported accommodation, semi-independent or living independently tends to be a very critical time for them, especially for those with a history of social care intervention, offending behaviour or issues with their general welfare. Our organisation works effectively by both using our own capabilities, and signposting and working alongside partner agencies to provide an effective support package and knowledgebase for the young people.
As well as homeless and emotional support, BYH also provides home starter kits, as well as food and toiletry parcels, which contain items such as kettles, toasters, pots and pans and other essentials required for everyday living.
In addition to the above we also provide free skills workshops to young people living within Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (including the cities). We supply lunches and reimburse bus fares for successful attendance on these courses.
We offer a drop-in service called the BYH Living Room. This is to enable our service users to have the opportunity to work one to one with a Project Worker and helps establish a more personal approach, but also to meet other young people in similar situations.
Some of the training workshops include:
Living Independently – (2 day course)
Growing Ambition Project – (2 day course)
Building Confidence, Self Esteem & Resilience – (2 day course)
Believe & Achieve – (2 short informal sessions)
Peer Impact – (2 week course) – Ties into volunteering below
About the Volunteering Opportunities…
We work with volunteers primarily to assist with delivery of our Home Street Home workshops in educational settings across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The training they receive helps them to build confidence, motivation, self esteem and allows them to give something back. It is also a good way to gain some experience and fill a gap on their CV. There can often be opportunities for them to get involved in other areas of the service once they are qualified Peer Educators, however delivering Home Street Home sessions is the role they are training for. We need Peer Educators because only they know how the issues discussed in our sessions affect people and can share their real-life experiences, whilst having the opportunity to help other young people and offer a wealth of knowledge.
To qualify for this position, our volunteers are required to meet 2 criterias:
-Have a previous lived experience of homelessness. This experience can be within a family unit, or independently, it can also be in any form, sofa surfing, living in a hostel, fleeing abuse or even street homeless.
Some of the incentive’s volunteers can expect include:
Lunches - Food and drink
A level 2 qualification
Fill a gap on their CV
Skills and Qualifications:
Attendance and completion of our free Peer Impact Course, prior experience or a knowledge of homelessness.
This grid shows when you can volunteer for this opportunity.
Response will usually be pretty quick, but please bare in mind that current restrictions may slow the process.