connect (welfare) team
Because we have thousands of young people at Soul Survivor, we have to expect to meet some vulnerable delegates who arrive on site with ongoing problems, or who respond in meetings and times of ministry with complex issues which they ask for help with. The Connect Team are our wonderful team of experienced social workers, counsellors and psychologists who are there to help in a confidential, caring and professional way with whatever issues are raised.
You will be doing a variety of work on the team but all of it will be hands-on youth work. You might need to refer delegates on to appropriate local services, or you might just talk to them because they need someone to chat things through with in more depth than the ministry times allow.
Your responsibilities will include following our safeguarding procedures when dealing with issues of child protection and abuse that may come to light at any stage during the events, and keeping detailed, confidential records of these conversations.
As a team you will form good relationships with the delegates and also with our other teams on site. You’ll be on hand to give advice to other team leaders, delegates and youth leaders on the matters of Child Protection and Abuse.
Our Connect Team is led by established team leaders and all the team members are fully supported by them and Soul Survivor at all times.
You will have to supply your own accommodation but in return for your hard work we will provide all your meals (beginning on the evening day 1 – to the evening of day 5) – what more could you want!
how old do i have to be?
The minimum age is 23.
what will my days look like?
This is a 24hr team. You will be on a shift pattern which you will receive closer to the time but although sometimes you won’t be on shift, you may be on ‘call’ which means you may be interrupted in the night. The Connect Team spend their time responding to situations all over site which also means a fair bit of walking!
when will i need to be on site?
Day 1 to the morning of Day 6 (which is the day after the event officially ends). There’s a welfare team meeting on Day 1 which you MUST attend. The time for this meeting will be confirmed closer to the summer.
do i need anything extra to be on this team?
Connect Team members should be experienced, professional, and confidential in dealing with complex and difficult situations in a sensitive way and to produce documentation etc. Ideally in a profession such as Social Work or counselling/psychology.
You will also be required to apply for a DBS certificate (previously known as a CRB disclosure) unless you already hold a DBS/CRB with Soul survivor that is less than 3 years old at the time of the event. A pack will be sent to you when you apply.
connect team handbook...
Download the Connect Team handbook...
Download the handbook to get the full scoop on what the Connect team is all about and what they are expected to do. This is the guide that we send to all those who sucessfully apply to be on the Connect team so it's worth checking out before you consider applying.
what weeks are available?
We currently need team for each event including Momentum but some weeks fill up quite quickly so please do apply as soon as you can.
You can apply online using our booking system. If you haven't done so already you will need to register with our online system, then login. Book a place on the event of your choice and choose the option to book as a team member. It’s completely free to volunteer with us so won’t have to give any payment details.
If you have any questions about serving on team then drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a buzz on 0303 3331 333, we'd be more than happy to try and help you out!
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