Creative and Therapeutic Volunteer Facilitators

Leading Lights
Contract Type: 
Part Time
Details of Role: 

Creative and Therapeutic Volunteer Facilitators wanted for an exciting new community youth hub project in Stokes Croft

  • Would you like to challenge educational inequality?
  • Would you like to support young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, to be the best they can possibly be?
  • Would you like to be part of an amazing team who value creativity, imagination and love? 
  • Would you like to be part of a supported reflective training program?
  • Would you like to make a real difference in the lives of disadvantaged young people? 

 This is for a range of exciting Wellbeing and Education roles working directly and indirectly with our young people and their families (some sessions run Monday to Friday during the day and others run in the evenings).

Who we are:  Leading Lights is an exciting not-for-profit social enterprise that provides free tuition, mentoring, advocacy and family support for young people suffering in silence.  We want to bring love to children and families’ services and radically change outcomes for young people.  To do this we don't think it’s enough to care a bit, you have to care a lot.  We provide imaginative, carefully curated and case managed programmes for children and families with social, emotional, and mental health difficulties (SEMH). These might be young carers or young people with mental health difficulties who are unable to access other services to meet their complex social needs.  We believe that education and wellbeing are fundamentally linked and you can't change long term outcomes without looking at issues holistically.  We work with the whole family as much as possible, and for us it’s about long term change, not short term outcomes.  We might not be able to change the past, and we don't have magic wands, but we do believe that every child and family has the right to get services designed and delivered for their individual needs, and with love and imagination.

About the role: Volunteers will act as a group facilitator and session leader for our arts and therapeutic group sessions at our hub.  It will be your job to help young people to understand and explore their behaviour and emotions through various group or individual activities. This may involve writing and talking activities through to arts or drama based activities.  It will be dependent on what works best with the young people as well as what works for you and the passions you want to bring.  Volunteers will also be trying to build resilience and develop a positive peer network with in the young people. This will be intense work but also a real opportunity to develop your skills as a practitioner and to also make a real impact on the lives of disenfranchised young people.

What is the hub: Our new educational hub/café in the heart of Stokes Croft from which we can reach more young people who are struggling with Emotional Social and Mental Health issues and are not getting the support they so desperately need.  This will be where all the transformative work for the young people takes place through a variety of creative therapeutic wellbeing and educational sessions.  It will also be a base for volunteers to train, grow, drink too much coffee, build a community and develop their own reflective journeys.  The hub will also be open to the community and run as a community café at the weekends and evening and open as a venue space to be hired.


What we will give you initially:

  •  Initially you will be put into a reflection peer group with other new volunteers that you will grow and learn with throughout your volunteer programme.You will have an initial training stage that will cover:
  • Effective team building and communication
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Child protection and safeguarding
  • The theory behind attachment and nurture


What we will give you ongoing:

  • You will then be on a 6-month programme with training each month
  • You will be given ongoing 1:1 personalised support each month
  • Weekly facilitated group reflective sessions 
  • Experience working with young people and the chance to make a valuable difference in their lives
  • The chance to be part of an extraordinary team where fun, passion, understanding and caring is at the heart of how we work


What our ideal volunteer will look like:

  • Will have an interest in Leading Lights and the work that we do, as well as the enthusiasm to represent us and our values 
  • Be sympathetic to the needs of people affected by SEMH and those of their families
  • Have empathetic listening and interpersonal skills
  • Local knowledge of services would be an advantage but not a necessity
  • Committed and reliable, willing to take on board feedback, love learning and be driven to build professional expertise
  • Willing to commit to volunteering for at least 6 months
  • Happy to undertake a DBS criminal record check (enhanced)
  • Have a commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

This is a great opportunity to gain interesting and useful work experience, develop your existing skills whilst learning new ones and to have a positive impact on the lives of the young people we work with, as well as their families.

I’ve made applying super easy.

Just click this link and fill in the short 10 questions. It only takes 5 minutes!


If you would prefer to an informal chat and to hear more about the role first, then please do ring me on 07848924386

Or email me on

Closing Date: 
Sunday, 14 April, 2019 - 16:45
How to Apply: 

Just click this link and fill in the short 10 questions. It only takes 5 minutes!

If you would prefer to an informal chat and to hear more about the role first, then please do ring me on 07848924386

Or email me on

Contact Person: 
Callum Barber
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
07848 924386
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