Tanyard Youth Project
Location: Pembroke, Wales
Period: 01/06/2016 – 31/05/2017
Deadline: 4 April 2016
The Tanyard is based in Pembroke in Wales and has been around since the year 2000 and has a proven 15 year track record of working with young people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. The nature of a lot of our work sees us work extensively with young people from chaotic and deprived backgrounds with a multitude of complex issues.
Our aim is to provide young people with a safe and welcoming space to make constructive use of their leisure time. Give them new experiences, skills and knowledge and inspire them to become the best they can. We try and instill behavior that is appropriate, civilized and respectful and encourage community participation.
We support young people in many issues and make large numbers of interventions around behavior, emotional and sexual health, relationships, welfare, health, substance misuse and personal, educational and career development.
Our core service is a youth drop in but we also provide alternative curriculum for young people who struggle in mainstream education, have a fully equipped music studio and put on many projects in partnerships with organisations such as the Welsh National Opera. We are open 49 weeks a year, mainly when young people actually need a service.
The Tanyard is looking for 2 EVS volunteer in total (one from Spain and one from Estonia) to help support and develop their work at the Youth Centre.
Volunteers would be expected to become involved in areas of the Tanyard delivery. Their main duties would be to support the full time staff in providing worthwhile alternative curriculum and activities and support for young people in the youth drop in. Volunteers will be expected to build appropriate positive relationships with young people through constructive interactions. Even though the volunteers will receive a monthly timetable at the beginning of each months scheduling their work, the job will be massively varied as open access youth work in particular tends to be shaped by the user.
Volunteers will be encouraged to develop and run their own activities and in the early stages of their time this would be based upon their own countries e.g. cooking traditional food. Volunteers would be expected and encouraged to bring their own personal interests to the project e.g. a musician would be encouraged to become involved with our music studio. As the project progresses more we would anticipate them identifying their own project and develop activities they think could or should be run. They would be fully supported by full time staff in developing these.
The Tanyard has a small but close staff team with open formal and informal lines of communication between staff, the manager and the trustees. The Tanyard would ensure that the volunteers have a worthwhile experience both in and out of the workplace. We will make sure that the volunteers are included into the team and the activities of the Tanyard.
The projects hosted by the Tanyard Youth Project are open to all young people aged 18 – 30, regardless of background, competences and experience. Volunteers ideally will:
– Have an interest in youth work in general
– Have experienced work with and/ or have an interest in working with young people.
– Have a good level of English reading and writing and a commitment to improving their English ( to be able to get the most from the placement)
– Be flexible and adaptable to change
– Be reliable
– Have a willingness to develop projects and pieces of work according to interests.
– Priority given to those with a background in music or art as there is a music studio on site and it would be great if the volunteer could help with this project
Please read carefully through the description, and consider going online as well to find more information about the Tanyard Youth Project (http://www.tanyardyouthproject.org.uk/).
The project will start on 1st June 2016 – 31st May 2016. Please make sure you are available to dedicate this time period to volunteering in Wales.
To apply for this project please complete the UNA Exchange application form below and send it together with a copy of your CV and a motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is Monday 4th April 2016.
NB: We already have sending organisations for this project. Please contact them before you apply and copy them in with you application email.
Spain: Cocat – Marta: email@example.com
Estonia: EstYes (together with Vitatiim) – Kristiina Vähk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use the following in your email subject: “your name” :: Tanyard :: 1st June