Big Dreamers Team Leader: Volunteer
Volunteer Position Description
Big Dreamers Team Leader
Locations: VIC (St Kilda), NSW (South West Sydney), QLD (Brisbane)
Commitment: 6 months
ABOUT LITTLE DREAMERS
Little Dreamers is Australia’s leading Young Carer organisation, supporting young people who provide unpaid care for a family member with a disability, illness or addiction across a range of direct support programs. Over the past 10 years, we’ve become a game changing force in the Young Carer space, developing internationally recognised best practice programs and changing the lives of thousands of Young Carers around Australia.
Little Dreamers is working to improve the quality of life of Young Carers, with a vision to ensure that every single Young Carer around the world is supported by someone or something by 2030.
ABOUT THE BIG DREAMERS PROGRAM
Built from personal experience and qualitative research, the Big Dreamers Program focuses on supporting Young Carers between the ages of 13-18. Over a six-month period, 15 Young Carers participate in either 1 or 2 retreats (depending on which state you are in), monthly workshops and receive personal and professional mentoring. They also have the incredible opportunity to meet other Young Carers. The aim is to empower, develop resilience and provide the opportunity to build a new skill set. Our fun, empowering and proactive workshops reduce the risk factors that many Young Carers face and increase life opportunities. The Big Dreamers program allows participants to explore who they are outside of their caring role and find their hidden talents.
Team Leaders will lead 3 to 4 Young Carers within the Big Dreamers program each. As a Team Leader, your role will be to:
- Check in weekly with allocated participants
- Be a support person in between workshops and retreats
- Ensure the participants know when events are on and confirm attendance
- Communicate with Little Dreamers staff
- Facilitate and participate in workshops and attend both retreats
You will be required to carry out the following as part of your role:
- Maintain ongoing communication with your 3-4 allocated Big Dreamers participants
- Assist with facilitating workshops throughout the duration of the program
- Ensure your allocated Big Dreamers attend the monthly workshops and know when they are running
- Bring strong, positive vibes!
- Commit 6-months to the program
- Attend monthly workshops on a Saturday or Sunday in the location listed above for your state
- Attend 1-2 overnight retreats
- Attend the Program Graduation at conclusion of the 6 months
- Monthy Workshops:
The workshops will be run once a month on a Saturday or Sunday (10am-2pm) depending on your state. We will have some exciting external guest facilitators joining us for these workshops. Workshops will cover topics such as healthy eating and life habits, social media, mental health and body image, storytelling, study skills, career aspirations, leadership and more. Our monthly workshops help to guide and ignite the passions, career goals and personal development values of our Big Dreamers, leaving them feeling motivated, uplifted and inspired to continue living their best lives.
The retreat/s are a chance for the participants to get to know each other and have a well-earned break from their caring role. We want the kids to feel like they can just be kids, without their usual responsibilities. Our retreats in the past have included tree surfing, yoga, MasterChef challenges, painting, workshops on their values and goals and much more. These retreats ensure that each young person feels better supported in their caring role and provides the opportunity for the formation of strong friendships.
Key Selection Criteria
Who are we looking for?
- Fun, energetic and caring individuals!
- Desire to make a difference: Volunteers should care about making an impact to the lives of Young Carers.
- Committed: We are looking for reliable and committed volunteers!
- Excellent communication skills: Should be friendly and able to engage with a young person in a non-judgmental and appropriate manner.
- Strong ethics: Volunteers should have an appreciation of ethical issues and can be entrusted to behave appropriately around vulnerable people and seek guidance when unsure.
If you have any questions about this role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 1800 717 515.
To apply, please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you to discuss your application and the next steps.
This is a volunteer position.