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Kinship Care Volunteer Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £23,830 – £25,700
  • Y sort it Youth Centre and Throughout West Dunbartonshire
  • Closing 4th August 2022

  • Advertised from 14th July 2022
  • 35 hours per week. Fixed term until 31st May 2025.


Your role as the Kinship Care Coordinator will focus on developing a programme of volunteer mentoring support for young people who are within Kinship Care. You will offer young people an opportunity to access a programme of support and activities appropriate to their needs contributing to closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

The programme will focus on providing support for children and young people aged 8 – 14 years old who are in formal Kinship Carer arrangements looked after by a family relative or close friend. Supporting them through the transitional stages, and the challenges that they may face within school and the community.

As the Kinship Care Coordinator you will play a vital role in helping children and young people develop goals and find ways to achieve them. You will be responsible for overall service coordination and development including working in partnership and liaising with key organisations.

Initially the programme will focus on providing mentoring for children and young people aged 8 – 14 years who are. Y sort it recognises a young person’s need to have at least one long term relationship with a positive adult role-model. The disruption looked after children face can make this difficult to achieve within a family setting.

Mentors play a vital role in helping young people become independent, develop goals and find ways to achieve them. As Kinship Care Volunteer Coordinator you will be responsible for recruitment, support and the motivation of volunteer mentors and overall service coordination. You’ll play a key role in changing young people’s lives for the better.

The focus in every mentoring relationship will be on developing the child, recognising and building their strengths, and providing support and encouragement to deal with difficult and challenging situations in their lives.

Main Duties & Key Responsibilities

  • Recruitment, induction and training of volunteer mentors
  • Providing on-going support and supervision for volunteer mentors
  • Assessment of mentees for their suitability to partake in the programme
  • Matching mentors to mentees
  • Devising a programme of activities for mentors and mentees
  • Ensuring that adequate safeguarding measures are in place for both mentors & mentees
  • Ensuring that adequate risk assessment & health and safety procedures are in place for the save provision of the service
  • Collating both qualitative and quantitative data as requested by Y sort it and Inspiring Scotland
  • Responsible to Youth Connections Coordinator

Key Responsibilities

  • Service development responsibilities devising innovative approaches to service delivery ensuring that volunteers & young people gain maximum benefit from their contact with the intandem Kinship Care & Y sort it services.
  • Engage with young people in the development of projects and services to ensure that they are an integral and key part of the process
  • To take responsibility for assessing risk to the client and implementing child protection /vulnerable adult safeguarding procedures when necessary
  • To undertake training as part of continuing professional development
  • To lead discussion and presentations about Kinship Care mentoring to staff, partners and external agencies
  • To actively participate in line management, annual appraisal and line management.
  • To produce written reports as requested by your line manager or key working relationships
  • Develop & maintain a robust monitoring framework to capture evidence of outcomes
  • To contribute towards the design, delivery and evaluation of services
  • To contribute to the development of training resources reflecting the scope of the work
  • To adhere to all quality standards as set out in Y sort it policies and procedures and your discipline’s affiliated body. Provide support to enable young people to play a key role in West Dunbartonshire’s Youth Alliance and influence policy and decisions affecting their lives.

Shared tasks

  • To attend and contribute fully to all team, clinical and working group meetings as required
  • To contribute to the development of Y sort it aims and objectives and to play an active part in the evaluation of our services
  • To support the development of learning of both paid and voluntary staff
  • To contribute to the effective running of the organisation as a whole
  • To act in accordance with the Y sort code of conduct at all times.


  • Organise and manage your workload in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Provide quality feedback, both written and oral, on your work as required by your line manager.
  • Keep up to date records of your work as directed by your line manager.
  • Provide monitoring and evaluation reports on your work on a regular basis as required.
  • Ensure availability diaries and timesheets for your own work, and those staff that you are supporting, are submitted weekly by the appropriate deadlines.
  • Training and Development
  • Engage in team meetings, focus groups and monitoring and evaluation meetings for efficient running of the organisation and its services.
  • Engage in support and supervision and annual appraisal with your line manager.
  • Undertake appropriate training as directed by your line manager.
  • Other Duties
  • Keep appropriate records in line with Y sort its policies and procedures if handling cash and authorised expenditure.
  • Ensure self compliance with Y sort its policies and procedures including, but not exclusively, code of conduct for employees, health & safety, confidentiality, child protection.
  • Co-operate with the introduction of new procedures and/or new equipment/technology.
  • The duties of the post may change from time to time without altering the general character or responsibilities entailed.

Responsible to Y sort it Manager

Application notes

Closing date: 4th August