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1625 Independent People

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Peer Supporters

1625 Independent People work to deliver one to one support and group activities for the young people we work with across Bristol and the surrounding areas aged 16-25. The activities we run help young people to find training, jobs, education and support with the issues they face.
We ask for at least two hours per fortnight plus supervision (every 6 weeks) and training (we can be flexible about when you do this).
We are looking for volunteers aged 16-25 who are motivated to help make a difference to the lives of young people in Bristol as Peer Supporters.
If you are interested in helping others and learning some new skills then this could be the opportunity for you.
If you are looking to get into youth work, support work, training, social care and education then this is the perfect opportunity to get hands on experience. We have staff with years of experience working with young people, come and learn from them!

What can I get involved with?

There are loads of opportunities to get involved as a Peer Supporter; supporting people either one to one or in group activities. See below for descriptions of some of the activities Peer Supporters can help with. 
If you aren’t sure what you would like to do; don’t worry! We’d love to have a chat with you and talk about what you can offer!
Wellbeing Group - Offering positive activities to improve the wellbeing for the young people in our hostels. 
Bristol Youth MAPS - Supporting the homelessness duty advice team at 1625ip. Giving constructive and useful advice on homelessness to young people and making them feel supported when they drop-in.
Football Team / Practice - Supporting the delivery of and the young people involved in a football team. This team has developed a natural focus around asylum seekers and refugees.
Cooking - Helping to deliver cooking skills sessions to young people at 1625ip, through breakfast clubs and early evening sessions.
Step It Up – Working to support young people to access Education, Employment and Training opportunities.
Move on Training - Helping to deliver sessions for young homeless people around independent living skills including of home safety, budgeting, how to pay bills etc. 
Consulting Young People - Creating surveys and information and feedback from young people related to a number of relevant issues such as housing, mental health and involvement in the organisation’s service users options
Events - Help us to plan and deliver events such as winter and summer socials and our annual fundraising event, Sleep Out.
Recruitment Training -Training Young people to prepare them to sit on interview panels with the organisation.

Key skills:

  • Motivated to learn new skills
  • Motivated to try and help others
  • Non judgemental
  • A good listener
  • Able to communicate and empathise with others
  • Able to fill out some simple paperwork (we can help with this)
  • Reliable
  • Able to be organised
  • Able to be calm in stressful situations
It would also be useful to have experience/knowledge of or interest in:
  • Homelessness
  • Drug and Alcohol issues
  • Mental Health
  • The benefits system
  • Education
  • Training
  • Parenthood / pregnancy
  • Youth Work
  • Support Work
We offer:
  • Travel expenses (Inc. Mileage where needed), lunch, free tea/coffees at offices etc.
  • Access to training
  • Full induction, regular support and supervision
  • Materials and equipment
  • References for future employment (after six months of volunteering)
We accept applications on an ongoing basis and run peer mentor training sessions regularly, please get in touch with Ria Anderson if you would like more information or to find out when the next training sessions are taking place.

Please use the Volunteer Application Form (word doc. 101kb) to apply and return to along with a completed Equal Opportunities Form (Word doc 29kb).
Read our full Volunteering Policy  (pdf 140kb).
Successful candidates require full DBS check.
1625 Independent People is committed to promoting equal opportunity and diversity.

We also have opportunities for people aged over 25 so please contact us to find out more.
Any enquiries or if you need a paper version sent to you please email
or call 0117 317 8800.

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