VOLUNTEER TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE

Although Girlguiding IW always welcomes volunteers to work with the 60+ units of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers on the Island we are aware that other organisations are also looking for volunteers.

At Present the Isle of Wight Council is recruiting a team of volunteers to help provide support to Island children and families.

Opportunities are available in a range of areas, from mentoring work with young people leaving care to delivering outreach support to families in their homes.

Kathy Marriott, area director for children’s services, said: “This is a really important and rewarding role. Volunteers can make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. By getting involved you are telling a child, young person and their family that they are not alone and they have someone who wants to help them.The support we offer can really make a difference, so we’re keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved.”

Volunteers can decide how much time they wish to commit but they must enjoy working with young people and have good communication skills.

Previous experience is desirable but not essential and all volunteers will require a clear criminal record check (DBS).

Full training will be provided.

For more details, call the council’s Early Help service on 823171 or e-mail earlyhelp@iow.gov.uk