give your time to help young people reach their full potential
asphaleia welcomes volunteers to support many of our services across the organisation. Over the years, volunteers have provided much-needed learning assistance in our training centre and are central to the delivery of some services such as Independent Visiting and Advocacy. And they have often gained as much as they have given by being a volunteer.
From carrying out this role, I have developed many invaluable skills. I have been able to enhance my communication skills, confidence and awareness of others; especially those within the care system.
Ben, Independent Visitor
what's it really like being a volunteer?
we asked Ben about his experience
What was involved in the recruitment?
My recruitment journey first started with an online application form via the Bromley council website. I was initially attracted to the advertisement for the role of Independent Visitor (IV) because I had been looking for a voluntary role for a while where I could give back to my local community. Applying for the role was exciting and seemed like a quick and smooth process.
It wasn't long before I was invited to a face-to-face interview in London where I first met the asphaleia team. I was able to discuss the role with the coordinator in further detail and learn about asphaleia as I was not aware of the charity beforehand. I was pleased to hear that I had been successful and it wasn't long before I started my training and security checks!
What did your role involve?
Once I had completed the necessary training to become an Independent Visitor, I was paired with a young person from the local area. We would meet once a month where we would share our interests and hobbies. I would listen, support and spend time with the young person; providing a stable and consistent friendship outside the care system.
What training did you have?
Before I began, I attended a formal training day led by asphaleia. This training was focused around safeguarding and equipped me with the necessary processes, expectations, roles and responsibilities in order to carry out the role safely and effectively. asphaleia provide regular training sessions throughout the year and there are a series of online training modules to complete.
Did it involve any personal development?
From carrying out this role, I have developed many invaluable skills. I have been able to enhance my communication skills, confidence and awareness of others; especially those within the care system. I was able to attend the annual asphaleia staff day where I learnt more about the charity and was able to hear about the achievements over the past year.
What was the supervision like?
There was regular supervision with lots of support on hand whenever needed. There was always a member of asphaleia a phone call away. The Independent Co-ordinator was extremely supportive, and would organise regular one to one sessions.
What was challenging about being a volunteer?
I found the initial sessions with my young person challenging as it took a little while for them to feel settled, however, it wasn't long before we got to know each other and had a great time.
What did you get out of being an asphaleia volunteer?
This role has been hugely rewarding. I have been able to develop others and build positive relationships. Seeing the young people with a smile on their face made it all worthwhile!
if you have any questions about what it's like to be a volunteer with us, please get in touch
current volunteering roles
A befriending role that involves visiting a child or young person in care once a month. You get to enjoy fun activities together out in the community and become a friend and positive influence to your young person just by being yourself, spending time with them, and listening.
reading buddy (worthing)
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