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Young People’s Advocate

Role: Young People’s Advocate
Location: Northern Service Delivery Group
Responsible to: Community Safety Leads
Hours: Minimum of 8 hours per month (average over 6 months)

Overall function

To support and assist Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in the planning, coordination and delivery of community safety activities.

To deliver fire safety messages to young people across Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Staffordshire Moorlands.  This will include attending public events to promote current campaigns and delivering Community Fire Safety presentations.

To support the work of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service with partner agencies to enhance the safety and wellbeing of young people in the community.

Principal activities

  • Assisting the safety leads to coordinate, publicise, deliver and complete any administration work relevant to community safety events and activities
  • Assisting the Central Prevent & Protect team to provide appropriate advice targeting at risk groups such as younger people who are at risk from fire
  • Working with young people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds
  • Support the promotion and delivery in schools of national, seasonal and local safety education messages e.g. Flames aren’t Games (arson/grass fire awareness) and Operation Good Guy talks (firework safety) to key stage 1, 2, 3 & 4 and visits to parent and toddler groups
  • Delivering age appropriate fire safety messages during visits by Cubs, Brownie and schools to community fire stations
  • Delivering Home Fire Safety and Nuisance Fire talks to Year 6 pupils during the Crucial Crew event at Hanley Community Fire Station, alongside partner agencies e.g. drugs and alcohol advisors, NHS trauma team, Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Attending relevant training courses when required
  • Abiding by the policies and procedures associated with these tasks
  • Carrying out any other specific duties in support of the Corporate Safety Plan under the direction of the Community Safety Lead

Benefits for the volunteer

The placement will provide an opportunity to:

  • Be involved in delivering a valuable service to the community
  • Meet new people
  • Enjoy the experience of volunteering as part of a friendly team
  • Increase their confidence and gain new knowledge and employability skills
  • Provide life long skills to young people
  • Increase computer literacy skills and administration experience
  • Contribute to the success of protecting people from the risk of fire in their own homes and providing a safer community to make Staffordshire the safest place to be

Training

All volunteers will be required to attend a Corporate Induction Day and any additional relevant training sessions, as and when required, in order to meet the demand of their principal activities.

Person specification

Essential

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Presentation skills
  • Clear written and verbal skills
  • Ability to achieve deadlines, work on own initiative and be self-motivated
  • Ability to work as a team member or as an individual
  • Maintain a flexible, positive and responsive approach to duties
  • Driving license. Have the use of a vehicle and be willing to enter into the ‘casual car’ user scheme
  • Good administration and coordination skills, with a keen attention to detail

Desirable

  • Knowledge of spreadsheets, databases and other computer tools
  • Experience of organising and coordinating events