Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first.
About the role
The Peer Leadership Programme is one of the Targeted Programmes delivered by the London Borough of Hillingdon's Adolescent Development Services. The Programme offers targeted mentoring support to young people through the offer of a positive relationship with a trained adult mentor. The aim of the mentoring relationship is to increase young people's self esteem and resilience to risk.
Mentors build a relationship based on mutual trust and respect, and encourage young people to develop their skills and increase their understanding of issues important to them. You will provide support to young people by acting as:
- Facilitator, identifying possible opportunities, arranging introductions, supporting attendance to activities or groups
- Adviser, offering objective advice on a range of issues
- Role model, promoting and encouraging positive behaviours
- Source of feedback, providing constructive feedback, challenging assumptions and encouraging alternative thinking
- Motivator, encouraging the achievement of goals and boosting morale.
The successful candidate will be committed to taking a positive, holistic and empowering approach to service delivery. We are looking for someone who has demonstrable experience and competence of working with young people in formal or informal education or a community setting. You will need to have a good understanding of issues which young people face today with a focus on substance misuse. You will have a creative and dynamic approach and be able to engage with hard to reach and other vulnerable groups of young people.
There is no specific training or qualifications required for the post, as training to gain the required knowledge will be part of the induction to the role but willingness to learn and gain knowledge is a must.
The ideal candidate will also be:
- Confident and motivated
- Passionate about working with young people.
- Positive with a 'can do' attitude
- Approachable and able to engage with a diverse client population
- Proactive and able to work both independently and as part of a team
- Respectful and polite
- Compassionate and understanding
- Reliable and organised
- Have excellent communication and listening skills
- Have the ability to work closely with a range of different organisations
- Able to work flexibly to meet the needs of young people, partners and stakeholder
- Have the ability to travel around the borough (a driving licence and access to a car is desirable)