YMCA FAIRTHORNE MANOR
- Long terme 6-12 mois
participation required from 26th February to 7th November 2018. Extra fee 40€ to pay on arrival. Closing date for applications is 29th January 2018.
- Code : CONCUKLTV01-18
- Dispo : 3M / 6F (Total Part 12)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 35
CONTEXT : After several successful years running a range of projects with the YMCA Fairthorne Manor. The YMCA is offering the opportunity to 10 volunteers to do a 8 month project starting at the end of February 2018 that will provide you with valuable experience and training to run a variety of activities with children. YMCA Fairthorne Group is a community based charity with a serious ambition to grow our already successful social enterprise model. Our purpose allows people the opportunity to lead happy, healthy lives. We achieve this through bringing people of all backgrounds and abilities together in YMCA places and delivering effective programmes. Fairthorne Manor, is an Outdoor Activity Centre that delivers activities and events to over 30,000 children and families each year on both a residential and day basis. The Outdoor Programme consists of a wide range of activities including High Ropes, Water Activities, Bushcraft and Team Building activities. Year round they offer children’s birthday parties, large community events, family open days, camping weekends and corporate team building days they also host community groups such as youth bands, church’s and counselling groups. During term time, they deliver a diverse outdoor education programme to school and community groups, whilst during the holidays, they run an enormously successful Daycamp programme for children aged 4 to 16 years, catering for up to 600 children per day. Fairthorne Manor delivers services and programmes 7 days of the week throughout most of the year. — WORK : Based at Fairthorne Manor, you will be part of the Programme Team and provide a range of activities and services to our community, including members, schools, families, Daycamps, nurseries and local groups. You will be trained to lead a wide range of outdoor activities including High Ropes, Water Activities, Bushcraft and Team Building activities to children and adults of all ages and abilities. You will host and support the various groups that use us, preparing accommodation, serving meals, marshalling events and maintaining the activities and Centre as a whole
Accommodation: You will be allocated a basic room, which (depending on its size) you will share with up to 4 other volunteers. It should also be remembered that this is a public facility and therefore Health and Safety laws do apply. This means it must be kept clean and tidy at all times with rubbish removed daily. FOOD: ‘Canteen style’ with a limited choice but with a vegetarian option. There is no ‘self’ catering option. Three meals a day are provided, which includes a cooked breakfast and / or cereals, lunch and a cooked evening meal. Meals are at set times. IMPORTANT: Please remember it’s not a 5* hotel. YMCA is more like a youth hostel with dormitory-style accommodation and basic facilities.
Location: Fairthorne Manor is located in a village called Curdridge which is near the city of Southampton on the south coast of England. It is about 15 minutes’ walk from Fairthorne Manor into the village where there are shops and pubs. The nearest train station is Botley from where it is about half an hour’s journey into Southampton.
Volunteer Specification/Experience: • Current and relevant skills and experience working with children, youth and adults in a community/sport/education environment • A caring and welcoming personality, able to communicate well and engage with a wide range of people, including children, staff and group leaders. • To be active and have a general level of fitness as much of the role has a physical nature. • A genuine enthusiasm for working with children/families and members of the public. • A genuine enthusiasm for the work of the organisation. • Willingness to learn new skills and undergo training. • As this post involves working with children and living on site, all applicants must be aged 18 years or older. Training: YMCA FAIRTHORNE MANOR offers full and comprehensive training in all elements of running outdoor activities, which will last up to 7 weeks. Combined with work experience here at Fairthorne Manor, and depending on what activities you are most comfortable with, you might be able to get some National Governing Body Qualifications, such as British Canoe Union level 1 or ERCA. — Working Hours: You will normally volunteer five days per week with two rest days (which may not be at weekends or consecutive days), some weeks you may be required to volunteer a maximum of 60 hours (during May, June and July – as this is our peak season), but your average should be no more than 45 hours per week, including evenings and weekends. Holiday: During your volunteering period you will receive two days off in 7 (sometimes non-consecutive) and in addition you will accrue 1 additional free day per month which can be scheduled with your supervisor. Special Requirements: Volunteers need to provide a certificate of good conduct /police check from their home country, application form including motivational letter, and provide two references, including one from their most recent school/ college or employer. Extra Fee: 40 Euros – to be paid to Concordia UK by bank transfer, Paypal or on arrival at the project.
The volunteer programme began in 1993 when we hosted our first international volunteer project with the Countryside Service of Brighton. The project involved undertaking environmental work in the beautiful South Downs. Since hosting this project Concordia joined a network of other similar organisations known as the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and it is though this network that we exchange volunteers. Today we send around 250 volunteers a year and place over 250 volunteers from abroad on short term projects in the UK. We also offer longer term opportunities for individual volunteers to assist our host organisations for several months called our Medium Term Volunteer Programme (MTV) and have a funded scheme which sponsors a small number of volunteers from the South (Africa, Asia and Latin America) to participate in a UK programme which usually runs for a month this is the Richard Oï¿½Brien Bursary Scheme (ROBBS).
Our projects in the UK are all community based and can involve either environmental work, working with children or people with special needs or setting up events which need support from volunteers for example helping to run festivals. There are usually between 5 and 15 volunteers placed on a project and when necessary we place 1 or 2 co-ordinators to help the group outside the work programme.