Details of the Charity:
The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) is a rights based charity which operates across England and Wales for children, young people, and adults.
NYAS offers a variety of services including:
- A national advocacy helpline
- Advocacy for children in care and those in need – including children subject to child protection plans, care leavers, children and young people with disabilities.
- The provision of independent visitors for children in care
- Legal representation of children in private family law
- Advocacy to adults in-inpatient mental health settings
Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:
Our Independent Visitor Programme matches volunteers with children and young people who are particularly vulnerable. Each volunteer is matched with a child or young person in care in their local area.
Our volunteers commit to spending time with their young person about 1 – 4 hours per month, as a mentor / befriender.
As a volunteer you will:
- Have fun and take young people on outings and maybe share a hobby, sport or interest
- Offer support and a listening ear
- Be a positive influence in a young person’s life and help build self-esteem and confidence
- Good listener
- Committed and reliable
- Able to engage directly with children
- Able to share an activity every month
- Can provide mentoring
- Present as a positive role model
- Offers advice where appropriate
- Reliable and dependable
- Has fun!
Additional Benefits to the Volunteer:
- Travel expenses reimbursed
- Free training and development opportunities
- Regular support and supervision
- Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record.
- All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony
Interested? Apply now!