Purpose. Youth outreach support makes Body Positive's services more accessible to young people.
Description. Youth outreach support volunteers talk to young people about Body Positive's services. Volunteers will encourage young people to get access to testing, free condoms and guidance on issues relating to sexual health, sexual orientation and gender identity. The role requires that you are willing to engage with young people who may not have accessed sexual health services before or discussed sexual health with any other professional. The role is designed to promote services; advice and guidance on issues relating to sexual health, sexual orientation and gender identity will be referred to the service in the outreach setting (e.g. the Body Positive Community Development Worker). Where you have been trained or already have skills in sexual health advice, sexual orientation and gender identity affirmation, you may be able to work with young people in a supportive capacity. This can only be done in prior agreement with the volunteer lead at Body Positive and the Community Development Worker in attendance.
Locations and Times. Body Positive works in colleges and sixth-forms across Cheshire. Young people's outreach services largely take place from 10am to 3:30pm. Young people's outreach happens weekly, a regular commitment of 2 hours each week is preferred.
Training. Youth outreach support volunteers must have a basic knowledge of sexual health, HIV and issues around sexuality diversity. Volunteers will be given free comprehensive training in these areas by Body Positive. The opportunity will also include shadowing the community development worker; experience that adds well to any CV.
Checklist. All of the following criteria must be met for you to be able to take part as a youth outreach support volunteer. Skills and personal development will be met by Body Positive's volunteer training scheme where appropriate.
Motivated and confident in working with young people and adult learners
Able to maintain clear boundaries and confidentiality
Willing to develop verbal communication skills
Open-minded; not easily shocked or offended
Able to work with people whose values may be different from your own
Confident to approach people and ask questions
Willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check
Able to get to college destinations
Completed or willing to attend:
HIV and Sexual Health Awareness
Over 18 years of age
Expenses. Volunteers are able to claim reasonable out of pocket expenses, subject to production of receipts as evidence of expenditure. Process and rates of reimbursement will be covered in the volunteer induction and detailed in the volunteer handbook.
We are looking for people to help us with:
Community and Support
Befriending; Peer Support; Drivers; Drop-In Support; Positive Role Models
Counselling; Alternative Therapy; Clinic Support
Education & Awareness
Sexual Health Promotion; Community Advocacy; Training; Drop-In; Stands and stalls
Trustee; Administration; Fundraising; Events; Publicity and Promotion