Life Skills Volunteer(Sorry No Available Roles at This Time)
About the Opportunity
As a youth intervention volunteer you will have the opportunity to engage with young people from Primary 7. This will entail taking them through a drug awareness programme that will hopefully get them ready to take the step into secondary School, have been better informed and skilled to deal with Alcohol and Drug misuse risks.
You will be inducted into the schools programme and shadow a member of staff, progressing to the goal of delivering the programme personally (this will be monitored to ensure confidence and skills base are sufficient).
The programme lasts 6 weeks at 1 hour each week and covers a range of different drugs. Some of these topics are smoking, cannabis, Alcohol, Solvents and Prescription Drugs. We also look at ways to deal with peer pressure and how to be assertive in difficult situations. Because we work in an informal way the young people always enjoy the programme and have fun whilst working through these serious issues.
Request of 3 Hours per week (after initial training )
Skills and Experience
Young Ability to plan work and deliver results to achieve objectives relating to the Life Skills programme.
To work on own initiative.
Good communication skills.
Good interpersonal skills with colleagues, management & client, Ability to multi task and work as part of a team.
Specific tasks & duties:
To facilitate alcohol/drug awareness sessions in Primary and Post Primary settings.
Engage with children and young people support their informal education re substance misuse. Assist the Youth Engagement Officer/worker as necessary.
Ensure your resources/materials for schoolwork are sufficient for each session and kept in good
Fully follow all relevant policies and procedures’ related to this role i.e. child protection policy.
Complete all relevant monitoring and evaluation reports as necessary.
Participate fully in all necessary training and supervision aspects of the role as defined by fasa.
Essential: Training/ Experience required:
Specific training on the Life skills programme will be provided by FASA and volunteers will
undergo a probationary period of co-facilitation will existing FASA staff.
Completed ASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Completed OCN level 2 in Alcohol and Drug Awareness or equivalent
Child protection and vulnerable adult training
All training will be provided to all suitable volunteers, if needed
Time commitment for this role is initially demanding as the training required takes 60 to 90hours
approximately before starting the role.
Due to the nature of the role working one to one with clients and the investment that FASA will
be making you, we request 6months to 1 year commitment.
Therefore we would ask that you, to think seriously before applying to this role.
Various Schools across Belfast and North Down & Ards