Little Dreamers is working to improve the quality of life for Young Carers across the country.
Our vision? To ensure that every single Young Carer around the world is supported by someone or something by 2030.
We are delivering a new In Person Peer Support Program program across Queensland and New South Wales regions of South West Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains. This is all part of the new Carer Gateway Services, bringing carers a new and exciting support model. The In Person Peer Support Program will create a safe space for Young Carers to meet – sharing stories and lived experience to build connections and support networks between one another.
Being a young person in a caring role isn’t easy, while Young Carers often learn compassion, intelligence and maturity, the extra strain of family life can quite often lead to feelings of social isolation. The new program aims to increase social connection between young people in similar circumstances, providing them with support while also decreasing the strain of their caring role.
Each session will be facilitated by a Little Dreamers staff member and two amazing volunteers – which is where you come in!
We’re seeking passionate, caring and energetic volunteers to help run these one hour sessions, acting as a group mentor to provide support, guidance and assist in facilitation.
Your Key Role:
The sessions will run for one hour on a weekly basis between 4pm and 7pm and explore the following themes:
- Finding Community
- Making Meaning of Now
- Finding Purpose
The In Person Peer Support sessions will be held at the same location over the course of 8 weeks and as a volunteer we require full commitment to each session this time.
To fulfil this role, you must:
- Be available to undergo a face to face or Skype interview with a Little Dreamers team member during business hours (8am-6pm)
- Attend a Little Dreamers Induction day and training (may be conducted online)
- Obtain a working with Children Check
- Complete a National Police Check
- Demonstrate a commitment to seeking guidance when ethical dilemmas arise
- Maintain regular contact with Little Dreamers team and regular check ins after each In Person Peer Support session
- Have your own transport
What Qualities are we looking for?
- Facilitation skills: Peer Support Leaders must be friendly and able to engage with a young person in a non-judgemental and appropriate manner.
- Relationship building skills: Peer Support Leaders must have the ability to foster and maintain a positive and optimistic outlook towards Young Carers and share relevant lived experiences to develop trust and rapport.
- Relatability: Drawing on personal insight into the impact of stigma and the effects this has on young people, families and the broader community.
- Ethics: Peer Support Leaders should have an appreciation of ethical issues and can be entrusted to behave appropriately around vulnerable people and seek guidance when unsure.
- Self-awareness: Peer Support Leaders should be aware of their strengths and weaknesses and be able to ask for help and support. Peer Support Leaders need to be able to set boundaries with their mentees.
- Wellbeing: The ability to articulate and share personal strategies for self-care, child safety, and wellbeing.
- Diversity: Peer Support Leaders should have an ability to effectively interact, work and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Additional languages spoken is a plus.
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a volunteering community looking to make a difference in the lives of these incredibly deserving young people. During this time you will not only gain great experience around facilitation and working with young people, but also develop on a personal and professional level.