What is the role: Trustee for South and Vale Young Carers
Who for: South and Vale Young Carers
When: Trustee meetings are held bi-monthly
Where: The meetings are either held in Didcot or Botley
What is involved: As a Trustee you will contribute towards the strategic development of the organisation. You will work as part of a team to ensure that the organisation is well run, well-funded and that its services are safe, well organised and well promoted. Your ideas and contributions will be really welcome.
Why you should sign up: As an established Oxfordshire charity, South and Vale Young Carers helps young carers flourish as children whilst coping with the demands of their caring roles.
Many young carers experience unsettling life changes such as bereavement, family break-up, losing income or housing, and seeing the effects of an illness or addiction on the person they care for. All these things alongside the pressures of school and the social isolation experienced by many, can lead to significant stress, affect their ability to access vital social support and educational opportunities and can have an effect on the choices on offer to them and ultimately their future.
The charity addresses these needs by providing young carers with:
- emotional support – meeting with young carers to talk through their concerns, working with schools and families to help to alleviate isolation, anxiety and stress that so many young carers experience;
- respite outings and activities for young carers – time for themselves away from their caring roles, to make friends, socialise and have fun;
- training – in key skills such as first aid and nutrition to improve their self-confidence and ability to cope in their caring roles.
Demand for its services continues to increase. The charity has recently adopted a three-year business plan with ambitions to expand the service into the City and ultimately across the County, as funding allows.
It also plans to work closely with Colleges of Further Education, local universities and local employers to increase their understanding of the needs of young adult carers as students and employees to help them into meaningful work placements, as many struggle to hold down employment due to their caring responsibilities.
Personal experience as a carer is not a requirement, what is important is a desire to help vulnerable young people improve their life chances. Your experience, skills and networks could make a real difference.
Skills required: This role needs someone who is committed to young people, but you do not need to have experience as a young carer. You just need to be willing to give your time, expertise and energy. You do need to be able to commit to attending 6 Trustee meetings a hear and the AGM held in June.
Support available: You will be fully supported in this role.
- Expenses are paid to cover the costs of training
- You will be provided with safeguarding training
Due to the nature of the work undertaken by this organisation, a DBS check is required.
How to get involved: