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Volunteer workshop support worker - Tyne and Wear

Expected commitment: One day per month for a minimum of three months. Upcoming workshop dates this term are 10th November and 17th November (Newcastle) and 1st December (Sunderland).

  • Accountable to: North East ZAP Trainer
  • Recruitment period: Ongoing
  • This role requires an enhanced DBS check

Role summary

ZAP is a one day workshop for children and young people aged between 9-16. All of the participants have been bullied - many extensively. This workshop provides the skills necessary to empower participants so they can become more assertive and in turn reduce the bullying they are experiencing.

ZAP is an experiential workshop and the young participants engage in varied activities to increase their learning. Sometimes it's fun, sometimes it's sad, but the outcome is amazing - the children and young people leave the workshop transformed!

"Volunteering at the ZAP workshops was an amazing experience. It was a pleasure working with the children and young people that attended as they were all so kind and it was incredibly rewarding to be able to help them with their situations."
ZAP Volunteer

For further information about the ZAP workshops click here.

Main duties and responsibilities

As a ZAP volunteer you would be required to:

  • Welcome the children and young people on arrival to the venue
  • Assist with basic attendance administration
  • Provide guidance to the children and young people in the workshop tasks
  • Provide the children and young people with emotional support and encouragement
  • Assist the Trainer with the workshop activities
  • Assist the Trainer with the setting up and tidying of the training room
  • Complete tasks as given by the ZAP trainer

The volunteer

As a ZAP volunteer we are looking for someone who:

  • Is able to engage with children and young people
  • Is able to organise themselves and their work
  • Has good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Is committed to supporting children and young people and reducing bullying
  • An enthusiasm to learn new skills in facilitation and therapeutic work with young people
  • Brings energy, fun and enthusiasm
  • Is able to inspire others
  • Is willing to reflect on their own contribution and respond to feedback
  • May be studying or wanting further experience in working with young people
  • Is able to commit to one day every two weeks, for a minimum of three months
  • Is over 18 and agreeable to a DBS check

What we provide

All volunteers can expect:

  • To develop support skills and in the delivery and facilitation of workshops for children and young people within the ZAP Programme
  • Therapeutic experience working with vulnerable children and young people, some of whom may have special educational needs
  • Good supervision and feedback
  • A certificate recognising their volunteering and a reference
  • Out-of-pocket travel expenses (provided receipts are given to a maximum amount of £12 per day)

How to apply

To be considered for this volunteer position, please write a short statement of interest (no more than 200 words). Say why you are interested in this volunteering position and what qualities and skills you have to fulfil the role. Please include your CV. All applications will be replied to.

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