The Project Has 4 Main Aims
1. Pre-volunteering and personal development project for young people
2. Supported volunteering in the volunteer placement for young people with specific needs
3. Mentoring and Befriending for young people lacking in confidence as well as developing skills for home grown young people to become mentors and befrienders
4. Brokerage for young people who can access volunteering with limited or little support
The project enables young people to prepare to take up volunteering opportunities and makes volunteering more accessible to young people, offering support where required based on the individual need of the volunteer
Funded through the Big Lottery Reaching Communities for five years and supported through a grant from the Tudor Trust. This project is youth led in its development of volunteering opportunities and approaches. It has a robust peer mentoring programme which has gained Approved Provider Standard from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.
Young People are able to access accredited courses and training including an AQA pre volunteering course. As well as progression pathways including Open Awards Youth Support qualifications and Mentor qualifications. All young people will be able to obtain their vfifty and vimpact Awards for volunteering offered by VInspired, the National Youth Volunteering Charity.
The young people we work with are diverse with many issues such as substance abuse, learning and physical disabilities, young parents, young people with autism, homeless young people, young carers and looked after young people.
This project will increase the life choices of the young people who access the project, and this in turn will increase the life choices of other members of their families.
When young people sign up to the project they are given the following:-
One to one interview to assess individual needs
An action plan design to meet their individual needs
Skills self assessment
Set achievable medium term goals that are realistic in relation to their current circumstances
Recognition of their personal qualities and skills to begin to value themselves and realise their potential for engaging in new activities
The opportunity to break the cycle of isolation and negative thought patterns. It is an important aim of the project to ensure participants view their first step towards thinking more positively and developing a pathway of their choice.
For young people in further or higher education FCBI will be offering delivery sessions around changing the perception of volunteering and the benefits to their future progression, as part of their education pathway.
Group volunteer projects identified by young people such as drama, graffiti, gardening, fundraising, social, art and music will be developed by young people for young people. This allows for vehicles for young people to take ownership and responsibilities in a safe space.
The project will work in collaboration with Schools and Further/Higher Education Providers, Local Training Providers, Statutory and Voluntary Youth Services, Uniformed Groups and the police as well as other Voluntary Community and Faith Sector groups.
Young people must make a sustained commitment to volunteering, they are expected to complete 200 hours voluntary activity spread over 12 months this is 4 hours a week. All staff and volunteers will commit to support all young people who sign up to Fylde Coast Be Involved.
All young people aged 14 – 25 can participate, whatever their backgrounds and abilities, both employed and unemployed young people can sign up. It is especially important that young people from disadvantaged communities feel there are no barriers to joining FCBI. FCBI will do all it can to break down the barriers to volunteering for young people. All Fylde Coast Be Involved participants whatever age, gender, race, religion, background or ability will be supported and encouraged to develop to their full potential. Each participant is entitled to a working environment which promotes dignity and respect to all. No form of bullying, intimidation, harassment or discrimination will be tolerated.
A wide variety of opportunity is available from working in schools, youth clubs, the Grand Theatre, community centres. Also projects led by young people are supported with funding and training.
Volunteers will be offered ‘Move in to Volunteering Training’ an accredited pre-volunteering course to ease them into volunteering. Fieldworkers will identify with the young people any individual training needs and arrange for training where necessary. Training opportunities will also be made available through placement providers. Most but not all training will be accredited through AQA, Open Awards & Mentoring & Befriending.
Certificates for 50 hours, 100 hours and Awards of Excellence for 200 hours are awarded to volunteers at specially arranged celebrations organised, planned and delivered by young people.
Social activities and events are organised by the volunteers, which enables friendships to develop and confidence to be built, whilst also increasing self-esteem, inter-personal skills and their own identity. Cinema evenings, bowling, theatre trips, residentials and meals out give volunteers opportunities to create and develop a sense of belonging.
Placement providers should be able to provide travel expenses if this is not possible FCBI will on an individual case by case basis look at what support can be given.