Buddy Volunteer

North Yorkshire Youth - Scarborough ( )( )( )

Buddy Network Information:

North Yorkshire Youth (NYY) run a young person’s befriending project across North Yorkshire. The aim of the project is to support 14-19 yr olds by helping them to gain confidence, meet their goals and reach independence.
Which young people will this scheme support?
Currently, referrals are being taken only from the Prevention Service which is part of North Yorkshire County Council’s Service for delivering early help to children, young people and families. Within this project they work with young people aged 11-19, helping them to work through issues that might prevent them from progressing positively in life. Referral forms are available from NYY.
What will a volunteer Buddy do?
A volunteer buddy will develop a relationship with a young person once that young person has moved on from the Prevention Service. A Buddy will meet with a young person for around 1 hour a week, or what ever contact is needed.
Together, the buddy and young person (and referring worker in some instances) will develop a befriending agreement and identify progression routes and goals. The buddy and young person will meet regularly for a period of approximately 6 months. Meetings will follow a simple framework to allow progression and reflection.

A volunteer Buddy:

  •  Is an additional supporter helping young people to reach their potential, rather than a replacement for a Prevention Service Worker.
  • Will be trained and supported to provide the appropriate level of help and support to a young person.
  •  Will undergo an intensive selection process and will be offered a range of mandatory and developmental training.
  •  Is not the end of the road for a young person. If a young person develops additional needs or previous issues return, the young person will be referred back into The Prevention Service.
  •  Will be supported by a Youth Development Worker from NYY.
  •  Will be invited to network meetings to meet up with other buddies from across the area.

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