Changing Futures North East

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Changing Futures North East is a charity that works across Tees Valley with children and families to develop strong and healthy family relationships. When children have a range of positive and healthy relationships as they grow up, they often do well, even when they have other challenges in their lives such as poverty. The Charity either supports families themselves to have healthier relationships, or where that isn’t possible to help children to have positive relationships with trusted adult role models.

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  • Independent Visitor

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Changing Futures North East is a charity that works across Tees Valley with children and families to develop strong and healthy family relationships. When children have a range of positive and healthy relationships as they grow up, they often do well, even when they have other challenges in their lives such as poverty. The Charity either supports families themselves to have healthier relationships, or where that isn’t possible to help children to have positive relationships with trusted adult role models. Every child or young person in care is entitled to have an Independent Visitor. Currently there are around 1700 children/young people in care across Tees Valley. We always need new volunteers to provide them with valuable support. Volunteering opportunities are available in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington Redcar & Cleveland. “It’s great, he makes me feel comfortable, sometimes we talk about things that worry me, but most of the time we do fun things together and have a good laugh.” 11 year old describing their Independent Visitor. • An Independent Visitor (IV) is a responsible, reliable and committed adult volunteer who develops a friendship with a child or young person who is in care. You will take part in activities that you are both interested in at least twice per month. • Some children in care can feel isolated and visits with you enable them to develop their trust, confidence and allow them to make happy memories. • Examples of visits have included going to the farm, trips to the panto, playing footy in the local park, visiting your favourite place to eat and special treats, such as going to a concert. • All expenses are paid for by the charity. This is an amazing opportunity for you to become a positive role model to children and young people who have experienced trauma and sadness. They have also lost important relationships with their families. All of the children and young people that have an IV say that they are a lot happier because of it. Five benefits of being an IV: • Making a real difference to someone’s life. • Develop your own confidence and skills. • Take part in free ongoing training, and gain experience, which could help your future career. • Help young people achieve goals and aspirations. • Making new friends, memories and unforgettable experiences. “Being an IV gives me a sense of fulfilment and I feel like I’m giving something back. His confidence and the way he interacts with others is much better now.” Volunteer “I enjoy the visits, I always feel uplifted, my young person is more outgoing than when we first met. He used to find it difficult to talk”. Volunteer. To take part in this opportunity the following is required: • Commit to the role for up to 1 year • Over 18 years’ old • Take part in training & recruitment checks

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
    • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects
  • Mentor

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Changing Futures North East is a charity that works across Tees Valley with children and families to develop strong and healthy family relationships. When children have a range of positive and healthy relationships as they grow up, they often do well, even when they have other challenges in their lives such as poverty. The Charity either supports families themselves to have healthier relationships, or where that isn’t possible to help children to have positive relationships with trusted adult role models. This is a unique volunteering opportunity to make a real difference to a child’s education and future. Mentors are needed to support year 6 pupils with additional needs to successfully transition to year 7. • All children can find moving from year 6 to year 7 stressful and difficult. For children with additional needs and difficult home lives the risks become much greater. As a mentor you will befriend, support and do fun activities with these children to enable them to gain the confidence and skills to cope with the change well. The overall aim is for them to be happy and achieve well at school, so they have the best future possible. • Each child and their family will be working with wider professionals. As a volunteer you will be part of that team. You will have the full support of the Education Psychologist and Changing Futures North East to support the child and contribute to a plan for the whole family. • As well as being a friend to the young person by building trust and offering support and advice, you will do fun activities together. Anything from going to a farm, playing footy in the local park, visiting your favourite place to eat or having special treats, such as going to see a film. All expenses are paid for by the charity. • This is an amazing opportunity for you to become a positive role model to children who have experienced difficulties in their lives and to give them a greater chance in life by settling well at their new school. You will help them have a happier and successful future and this is a significant time in their lives to make that difference. Benefits of being a Mentor: • Making a real difference to a child’s life. • Developing your own confidence and skills. • Taking part in free ongoing training with Education Psychologists. • Gaining valuable experience for your career. • Helping young people achieve goals and aspirations by succeeding at school. • Making new friends, memories and unforgettable experiences. To take part in this opportunity the following is required: • Commit to the role by spending time with the child once per fortnight for up to 10 months • Over 18 years’ old • Take part in training & recruitment checks

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
    • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects
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