Youth Education Volunteer
About the role
Youth Education volunteers deliver interactive workshops to enable children and young people to understand, cope with and respond to crisis. The education aims to reduce the harmful effects of stigmatising behaviour around migration, local conflict and its consequences (in NI only) and first aid emergencies linked to risky behaviour around drugs and alcohol, by working with young people to explore humanitarian values and to build their personal, social, emotional and critical thinking skills.
The content of the workshops delivered will be determined by the specific needs of the young people we are working with.
About the Team
The Red Cross want to provide education that helps people understand, cope with and respond to a crisis and develop resilient communities.
Through education programmes, staff and volunteers work together to educate adults (over 18 years old) and young people (aged 10-19 years old) across the UK to help them understand, cope with and respond to a crisis. To achieve this we will equip people with skills and build their confidence so they are able to act when needed.
We educate adults in first aid related to three key risk groups:
o Drugs and alcohol
o Slips, trips and falls in the over 65's
o Homelessness and rough sleepers
We educate young people in first aid, reduction of stigma and conflict in three risk groups:
o First aid relating to drugs and alcohol
o Stigmatising behaviour towards refugees and asylum seekers
o Conflict and the consequences (NI only)
Typical tasks include Delivering interactive workshops to groups of young people to reduce the harmful effects of conflict, emergencies or stigma. The topics of conflict and emergencies may include first aid (topics dependent on area) Assisting in the planning of workshops and preparation of resources Evaluation of the workshops Record-keeping and other administration associated with education delivery Care and maintenance of training resources Regular communication with your line manager We expect all volunteers to have an annual coaching observation
About the person
Someone who is positive about young people and believes that they can make a difference. Previous experience of youth work or teaching is desirable however we also welcome those with no previous experience of working with young people but have a passion for education as full training and development is provided.
You need to have good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills although full training can be given for any specific requirements.
Also someone who is: Able to communicate effectively with young people. Willing to be adaptable and flexible. Responsible, organised, reliable and able to work independently. Eager to explore humanitarian issues and values with young people. Committed to developing young people's skills and abilities to help them be more resilient. Recognise the value of equality and diversity. Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society's Equal Opportunities Policy.
This role requires a criminal record check at the appropriate level.
What We Offer: Opportunities to engage, inspire and empower young people. The chance to work with people from all walks of life. Comprehensive free training so you can meet the needs of the young people we work with and represent the Red Cross with confidence. Opportunities to develop your existing skills or to gain new ones. Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses in relation to the role. The opportunity to work for an organisation who is committed to safeguarding children and young people. Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world's largest humanitarian organisation.
We expect volunteers to work in a variety of youth settings (e.g. schools, youth groups, community centres and youth offending units etc) depending on the needs of the young people and our partnerships.
If successful training will be a requirement for the role please click here to see what training we have available or use this interactive map here.
Young people and this role
We value the energy and enthusiasm that young people bring to this role. To carry out full delivery of this service volunteers must be 16+ (subject to a risk assessment, safeguarding requirements, parental consent and risk audience).
Here's a little bit more about us...
The British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK; get the support they need if crisis strikes.
From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country - we're there when you need us. Our goal is to connect human kindness with human crisis.
We're part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and we believe in the power of kindness.
Our organisation was born out of a desire to bring help without discrimination. Impartiality and neutrality have been central values for the Red Cross since we started.
We support a huge range of people and we recruit for a diverse workforce - including disabled and ethnic minority candidates. This is to contribute to the breadth of experience we need to respond to people in crisis.
Connecting human kindness with human crisis